Snow cones for blood in Eureka on Day 2 of record heat

Cooler weather starts Thursday, meteorologist says

Bradley Phillips, 5, rides on a zip-line like features of the newly opened Freshwater Park today. The heat wave from the early part of the week broke local records, but it’s now expected to cool down. (Ruth Schneider — The Times-Standard)
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Woodley Island saw two consecutive days of record-breaking heat, the National Weather Service Eureka office said today.

The June 12 record high temperature was set in 1897 — and tied in 1936. It was smashed Tuesday by a new high.

“The record was 69 degrees,” meteorologist Josh Whismant said. “We got to 85. That tied the all-time June record.”

The record for June 13 was shattered by noon today, he said.

“The record today was 68. And we have gotten to 75 so far today,” he said around 12:30 p.m. “Were having some clouds roll over so that might keep things down a little.”

The heat wave propelled the local blood bank to offer some respite from the heat in exchange for a donation. A sign placed on Harrison Avenue offered up snow cones for donors.

John Gullam, director of the Northern California Community Blood Bank said it was not hugely successful. At least, not yet.

“I’m hoping that later in the day it will pick up,” he said this afternoon. “(We’re) trying to use the weather to reel folks in.”

Gullam said summer is a tougher period for the blood bank, which is encouraging donors to give blood twice this summer. In exchange, he said, donors would be entered into a drawing for gift cards or tickets for a ride on the Madaket.

“We may try a variety of things to get people’s attention,” he said.

The heat wave is expected to recede a bit, said Whismant.

“Today should be the last day along the coast,” he said. “We’re going to see much cooler temps tomorrow with the stratus (clouds) expected to return. Inland areas are going to be on the warmer side. They are not going to see much cooling.”

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.

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