Our evening male anchor is Gino LaMont. He is the KMIR sage, in the market long enough to know most answers.
“Gino, have you heard of a place called Cactus City,” I asked during a commercial break? He had not. I decided not to mention it.
Wikipedia says it’s an unincorporated community. I’m not sure anyone lives in Cactus City anymore. It was founded in 1935. It’s got a rest area on I-10 named after it. 99 in Cactus City today.
It might not have people, but Cactus City’s got a weather station. It’s in the California Hydro group. As far as I can tell it was America’s hot spot today.
There’s a weather station in Dos Palmas, near Mecca. I don’t think anyone lives there either. They hit 98.
Lots of people tried to settle this part of the west before good roads and air conditioning. Settlements came and went.
Bermuda Dunes made it to 97 this afternoon. People live in Bermuda Dunes. It even has an airport. That’s not where we get the weather. The weather in Bermuda Dunes comes from the Union Pacific Railroad.
The amount of localized weather data available today is crazy. The Internet allows nearly any hobbyist or business to help out. These reading are assimilated into the system. Knowing the weather in Cactus City is part of my job.