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Brookings goes from hot, to sizzling, to just plain broil

Brookings goes from hot, to sizzling, to just plain broil
Photo Courtesy: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives
That wacky hot spot along the south Oregon Coast outdid itself Tuesday. The temperature climbed to an amazing 108 degrees -- on the ocean!!! That is apparently the city's all-time record high (their data sensors have moved around a bit there, but the highest recording previously was 103 at a site just a few miles away.)

And believe it or not, it was 10 degrees hotter than Tucson, Arizona! (One degree cooler than Phoenix, though.)

There was no relief at night. The temperature at 5 a.m. Wednesday was 89 degrees, although the mercury eventually "plummeted" to 85 at 7 a.m. before quickly warming back up to 97 as of 11 a.m.

It's all a function of a very hot air mass in place, combined with a north wind that is sinking and compressing off the nearby hills. It's quite the localized effect -- it was just a paltry 61 degrees just up the coast at Coos Bay.