It was almost as rare as snow in Manteca — rain with the temperature at 92 degrees.
The City of Manteca weather station showed that a tenth of an inch of rain fell in a 10-minute period over much of the city ending at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
It caught everyone off guard including the National Weather Service that forecast another 100-degree plus day with some high cloud cover. People were dressed for the heat that had peaked at 103 degrees in the late afternoon, and not for rain.
Several people said they “danced” in the warm rain that felt like a summer storm in Hawaii or the Midwest.
It was just the latest in a strong of weather oddities this summer. Based on available records, July was the first month since people have bene keeping track of temperatures in the general Manteca area that not a single day where the high wasn’t 90 degrees or more. There wasn’t single day when the high stopped in the 80s.
Ground breaks on
another gas station
Crews have started site work for another Manteca’s third Chevron has station and Food Mart combination similar to the locations on South Main and East Yosemite. It will be the sixth station selling Chevron gas.
It is being built on the west side of North Main Street just north of Lancaster Drive on a parcel between the Robert E. Goodwin Community School and the Manteca Moose Lodge.
It will consist of 12 gas pumps under a canopy and a 3,700-square-foot building that includes the convenience store and a suite of 1,728 square feet to be rented for retail purposes. The project also includes a second building proposed for 5,858 square feet of retail space in four suites.
Prior to groundbreaking an old barn structure that was a magnet for homeless seeking shelter was torn down.
Two other gas stations have been approved by the city and are expected to break ground in the coming months.
An ARCO AM/PM gas station, convenience store, and self-serve drive-thru car wash is planned on Daniels Street next to the Taco Bell and McDonald’s and north of the Sizzler’s restaurant in the Stadium Square Development at Airport Way and the 120 Bypass.
It will be Manteca’s third ARCO AM/PM combo. The next closest is two miles away on South Main just off the 120 Bypass and on East Highway 120/East Yosemite Avenue off Highway 99.
The 3,015-square-foot convenience store along with eight fuel pump islands under a canopy, and a 925-square-foot self-serve car wash with vacuum station and 15 parking spaces will be on the southwest corner of the traffic signals at Fishback Road and Daniels Street.
That is in addition to a 3,000-square-foot convenience store/gas station combo at South Main and Qunital Road. It will include a 2,385-square-foot canopy covering for four fuel pumps that will incorporate architecture — including a tower feature —similar to The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.