I tried to document the urban “heat island” effect Thursday in Stockton (see story about this phenomenon in today’s paper).
While far from scientific, my little survey of temperatures did show that rural areas ranged from 100 degrees to 101 degrees, while areas within city limits were anywhere from 103 degrees to 107 degrees. The official high temperature for Stockton (at the airport) was 104 degrees.
Here’s what I found:
• Holt and Whiskey Slough Road, 10 miles west of downtown Stockton: 100 degrees (4:15 p.m.)
• Wilhoit Road, five miles southwest of downtown Stockton: 101 degrees (4:25 p.m.)
• El Dorado Street at Jackson Street, one mile south of downtown Stockton: 107 degrees (4:40 p.m.)
• Weber and Sutter streets, downtown Stockton: 103 degrees (4:45 p.m.)
• Channel and E streets, two miles east of downtown Stockton: 103 degrees (5:10 p.m.)
• Beecher Road just south of Highway 26, eight miles east of Stockton: 101 degrees (5:20 p.m.)
• Highway 26 at Baldwin Lane, five miles east of downtown Stockton: 101 degrees (5:30 p.m.)