Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
A nice break: Although recent rain drops and mild temperatures bring to mind October or November, it’s the middle of summer. The high temperature on Monday was just 80 degrees in Sacramento, a cool 13 degrees below normal. Moderate temperatures are expected to continue Tuesday with a high of 84 degrees forecast -- and perhaps another sprinkling. So enjoy the comparatively mild weather one more day because daytime highs in the low-to-mid 90s are predicted for Wednesday through Sunday.
Why rain in August? Dramatic summer storms from the Gulf of California are pushing much farther north than the southwestern desert states where they usually remain. After seeing triple-digit heat last week, that means Sacramento is getting the type of monsoonal rain that only occurs about once every decade.
Barbershop trial nears end: The prosecution rested its case Monday in the trial of four men accused of killing a young mom who was protecting her 2-year-old son during a shootout outside a south area barbershop in 2010. Judge Kevin J. McCormick told Sacramento Superior Court jurors that testimony could conclude as soon as today after defense attorneys call seven or eight witnesses. Prosecutor Valerie Brown called 56 witnesses and introduced an estimated 450 exhibits in the trial that has taken up 19 court days over the past six weeks.
Spraying heads to Yolo: The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District will spray an insecticide Wednesday and Thursday nights in Davis and Woodland after detecting high West Nile virus activity. It marks the first aerial spraying over Davis since 2006 and the district’s third over urban neighborhoods this year.
Falling gas prices: Sacramento-area gas prices fell another 2.7 cents over the past week to $3.87 per gallon, marking the fourth straight week of declines. Analyst Gregg Laskoski of national price tracker GasBuddy.com is “cautiously optimistic” that prices will continue to drop as fall approaches.
Big empty nests: The number of Sacramento area two-person households with four bedrooms is growing as Baby Boomers hold onto their houses long after their children have left. More than one in five of the region’s 530,000 residents, or 117,000, have homes with at least four bedrooms.
Invasive species talk: The fourth installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s speaker series will concentrate on aquatic invasive species in the American River. The 7 p.m. presentation tonight at the Nimbus Hatchery visitor center at 2001 Nimbus Road in Rancho Cordova, is part of the first California Invasive Species Action week, which runs through Aug. 10. For a complete list of the week’s activities, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives.
Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers, 5:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Las Vegas 51s at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)