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San Francisco Bay Area from Space"Afternoon summer winds through Carquinez Strait, across Suisun Bay and up the course of the Sacramento are most intense in mid- to late afternoon but diminish an hour or two after sunset when the hot, rising air mass above the solar-heated interior valleys begins to cool. These were the conditions at 10:30 PM the evening of July 17, 1944 when a massive explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine changed the course of history."

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San Francisco Bay Area
Source: U.S. Geological Survey