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Mega Heat Wave Continues in Western U.S.

Posted by feww on July 1, 2013

Death Valley Temperatures ranged from 128 to 132 Sunday

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported  a peak temperature of 128 degrees in Death Valley National Park at 4 pm on Sunday, which ties the record for the hottest June day anywhere in the U.S.

However, informal reading showed temperatures of up to 4 degrees higher, recorded at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A large digital model at the entrance of the headquarters showed a peak temperature of 132 degrees. “That thermometer was showing off temperatures above 130 degrees for much of Sunday afternoon,” LAT said.

If confirmed, the reading of 132ºF would shatter the record for June temperatures in the U.S.

The highest recorded temperature on earth was set at 134 degrees in Death Valley almost exactly a century ago on July 10, 1913.

On June 5, 2013, the blog posted the following forecast:

FIRE-EARTH Models show the world record high temperature of 134ºF set 100 years ago cold be broken this year with a probability of about 78 percent.

Meantime, NOAA released the U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 29, 2013.

U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 29, 2013

record max temp us 29jun2013
U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 29, 2013. A total of 69 records were broken or tied: 47 broken; 22  tied. NOAA/NCDC.

The Western United States will continue to experience high temperatures of up to 20 degrees above average, according to NWS.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it has experienced a  surge of more than 61% in wildfire responses (2,900 fires) in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in average year (1,800 fires).

The impact of heat would be exacerbated by smoke from hundreds of wildfire burning in the region, FIRE-EARTH believes.

Where there is fire…

smoke from wildfires envelops most of the us
Current HMS Fire and Smoke Analysis. Source NOAA/SSD

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