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Flash Flood Watch issued July 31 at 11:49PM PDT until August 01 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE ON RECENT BURN AREAS FRIDAY... .BRIEF DOWNPOURS FROM ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING ACROSS AREAS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED RECENT WILDFIRES. DEBRIS FLOWS AND RAPID RUNOFF WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT IN THIS CASE. ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM PDT FRIDAY

Today

Hi98° Isolated Thunderstorms

Tonight

Lo72° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi97° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday Night

Lo71° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Sunday

Hi98° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo73° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi99° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi98° Hot

Tuesday Night

Lo70° Mostly Clear

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An orchardist once tried to explain to me the effect of the state’s minimum wage on his employees. His was a small business with a multi-million-dollar payroll. Labor was a huge share of his expense. By custom his harvest workers were paid based on their productivity — so many dollars for every bin of apples picked. Most justly earned well above the minimum wage, a reward for speed and efficiency. The orchardist could check their progress, calculate his labor cost per bin, and know if markets were kind he may make a profit.

But every so often he hired a rookie, someone new who no matter how hard they tried could pick far less fruit per day than the experienced hands. While the experienced worker might fill eight bins a day, the rookie might make two or more. That was a problem. The orchardist was required to make up the difference and pay the rookie the equal of the state minimum wage, which meant the rookie was paid more per bin than the top hands. The orchardist could measure his labor cost per unit and see he was losing money on every bin the rookie picked. Absent a sudden increase in productivity, the rookie was let go.

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