Warmer Weather Expected This Week

The National Weather Service is advising Bay Area residents of the potential for higher-than-normal temperatures this week.

Strong upper-level high pressure is expected to build over the Bay Area this week, causing warm temperatures that could exceed 100 degrees at the warmest interior locations by mid-week, officials said.

The combination of the building high pressure and an offshore flow will lead to a few days of above normal temperatures.

The Bay Area is expected to experience above-normal temperatures, but interior locations will see the warmest temperatures.

The warmest days of the week are expected to be Tuesday through Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to begin to cool later in the week.

The National Weather Service is advising residents to plan accordingly for the hot weather by reducing activities between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., wearing light clothing, drinking lots of water, avoiding heavy meals and avoiding too much sun exposure.

6.9 Quake In Alaska Poses No Tsunami Threat

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake Sunday night in the central Aleutian Islands in Alaska is definitely not strong enough to send a tsunami to the Bay Area, a tsunami program manager with the National Tsunami Warning Center said.

Tsunami program manager Cindi Preller said the threshold for the occurrence of a tsunami is a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which might be enough to generate a tsunami near the quake’s origin.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake does not have enough energy to send waves all the way to California, Preller said.

A 9.0-magnitude quake would be able to send waves all the way across the ocean, she said. The tsunami that struck Sumatra, Indonesia, in December 2004 was from a 9.1-magnitude earthquake, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Preller said each one-tenth increase in magnitude represents 1,000 times more energy and 32 times more ground motion. The earthquake in Alaska on Sunday was located 60 miles southwest of Nikolski and originated at 9:49 p.m.

Sculptures Championing Freedom Of Expression Installed Outside The Ferry Building

With the support of the Mexican Consulate, the anti-censorship Nuestros Silencios sculpture installation, comprised of 10 massive human figures with covered mouths standing 11 and a half feet tall and weighing roughly a ton apiece, was unveiled in San Francisco’s Harry Bridges Plaza Friday.

The installation is opening in conjunction with the weeklong “Mex-I-Am” cultural festival, but will remain in the plaza until October,according to the Port of San Francisco.

The giant, human-like statues with covered mouths are designed to encourage reflection on the importance of freedom of expression and the dangers of self-censorship.

The artist hopes the installation will prompt reflection about the importance of speaking out, according to the Mexican consulate.

After touring Europe from 2009 to 2011, the sculptures come to San Francisco following a recent installation at Ruocco Park at the Port of San Diego in January.

The 10 sculptures are made of bronze and have a white ochre patina. The eleventh piece of the installation is referred to as the Braille Box, which is made of iron and explains the installation though text as well as Braille, for those with visual disabilities.

Berkeley Woman Wins San Francisco Marathon For Third Consecutive Time

A Berkeley woman Sunday won the women’s division of The San Francisco Marathon for the third consecutive time, race officials said.

The race started at 5:30 a.m. at the Ferry Building along The Embarcadero.

Anna Bretan, 30, won the women’s marathon in a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes and 41 seconds, race officials said. San Anselmo resident Devon Yanko, 33, was second and San Jose resident Joanna Reyes, 23, was third, according to race officials.

Chris Mocko won the men’s division in a time of 2:26:22. Race officials said Mocko has won other marathons in Northern California such as the Oakland and Napa marathons.

Castro Valley resident Benjamin Eversole, 22, finished second and Mill Valley resident Jorge Maravilla, 37, finished third.

This year The San Francisco Marathon became a qualifying race for the 2016 Olympic Team Trials, but no runners qualified, race officials said.

Winners took home prizes such as Tiffany & Co. CT60 watches and Tiffany crafted crystal. Runners also raised more than $200,000 for charity, race officials said.

Pedestrian In Fatal Crash On HWY 101 May Have Been Thrown Over Guard Rail

A man killed on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Francisco early Sunday morning was fatally struck by several vehicles after getting out of his own car, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 5:20 a.m. dispatchers were notified of a vehicle stopped on the southbound side of the highway, south of Oyster Point Boulevard and blocking one lane of traffic.

Dispatchers also received reports of a pedestrian struck and lying on the northbound side of the roadway, according to the highway patrol Officers arrived on scene by 5:22 a.m.

A total of three vehicles struck the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, highway patrol officials said. None of the drivers were injured or arrested.

It was not clear as of Sunday afternoon whether the victim climbed over the guard rail and was struck by a northbound vehicle or if he was struck by a southbound vehicle and thrown onto the highway’s northbound side, according to the highway patrol.

The victim has been identified only as a resident of San Mateo County in his late 30s, according to the highway patrol.

A Sig-alert was issued for Highway 101 at 5:30 a.m. and the roadway had cleared by 7:55 a.m., highway patrol officials said.

Weather Forecast For The San Francisco Bay Area

Today will be sunny with patchy fog in the morning. Highs will be near the 70s with southwest winds reaching around 5 miles per hour and increasing to west winds that will reach 10 to 20 miles per hour in the afternoon.

Tonight will be mostly clear in the evening and then become partly cloudy, with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s. Southwest winds will reach 15 to 20 miles per hour, decreasing to 50 to 10 miles per hour after midnight.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy in the morning with patchy fog and then become sunny. Highs will be in the 70s and southwest winds will reach 5 to 10 miles per hour.

(News Roundup Via Bay City News)