Notes From The Back Yard: Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Welcome to my office. On nice mornings, anyway, I'll do my prep work for The KFBK Afternoon News in my back yard---a mug of coffee, a laptop, Cristina Mendonsa and Sam Shane on The KFBK Morning News streaming on the iHeartRadio app and a full inbox from overnight. Let's see what's new in our state and our world today:

  • Yesterday was hot. Today will be hotter. 104 is the predicted high in Sacramento today, and I'll remind you again---this is the kind of weather where people get heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Seek shade, and better yet, air conditioning. Drink plenty of water. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.

  • It could be worse. Stockton and Fresno will see 105 today, Bakersfield 107, Palm Springs 113 and Death Valley 114.

  • Even the cooler places are warm. South Lake Tahoe will hit 81 today, San Francisco 82, Truckee 84 and San Jose 96.

  • The City of Tracy, expecting 106 today, has opened cooling centers for its residents at the Tracy Library, Transit Center, the Larch-Clover Community Center and the West Valley Mall.

  • That whole "days at a time" thing has people looking at emergency generators for their homes. But while a few hundred dollars might buy a portable generator that can keep the freezer and a few lights on, something that will keep the air conditioning on during a heatwave is several thousand dollars, a permanent installation, and requires permits from the local building authority. Blowing off those permits could cost you when it comes time to sell your house. We'll go in-depth on that on The KFBK Afternoon News today.

  • This just hit the inbox as I'm writing: SACRAMENTO – TODAY, Tuesday, June 11th, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will host a press call to make a major announcement impacting Californians across the state, as well as Americans around the nation.  It's scheduled for 11 this morning. We'll have updates on News 93.1-KFBK.


  • Bad news if you're one of the one in three adults in the U.S. who is affected by shingles, the painful lingering side-effect of having had chickenpox either in childhood or as an adult (I had it at 46). The shingles vaccine is in short supply. We'll have more on why that's happening and what you can do today between 4 and 7.

Let me hear from you on these stories or others. There's a "comment" button at the bottom.

I hope you'll join Kitty and me today from 4:00 to 7:00 on The KFBK Afternoon News at 93.1 FM, 1530 AM and on the iHeartRadio app.

Mike and Kitty

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