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Mega Heatwave: Dozens of Daily Record High Temps Broken or Tied

Posted by feww on June 30, 2013

Phoenix daily high temperature hit 119 shattering old record by 2 degrees

Power consumption across western United States surge as life-threatening, record-breaking heat spikes demand load for cooling.

The high temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport hit 119 degrees, shattering the old record set in 1994 by 2 degrees, and making Saturday the fourth hottest day on record. [The hottest day on record at 122 degrees was June 26, 1990.]

At Mccarran International Airport, the official climate station for Las Vegas, the high temperature reached 115 degrees on Saturday, which tied the record for June 29th last set in 1994, NWS reported.

At the National Weather Service office in SW Las Vegas the high temperature reached 118 degrees Saturdy afternoon, shattering the previous all-time record of 117 degrees set on July 5, 2007 and tied on June 28, 2013.

  • NV Energy in Las Vegas has predicted a surge in power demand for Clark County, said a report.

At Needles, California the high temperature reached 123 degrees on Saturday,  setting a new daily record as well as a new all-time record high for June, shattering the previous all-time monthly record of 122 degrees set on June 11, 1918.

Forecast Highs For Selected Locations (NWS/NOAA)

forecast rec temps

Western U.S. Mega Heat Hazards Map

US Mega Heat Hazards Map

U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on June 28, 2013

Daily records 28 jun13
Out of a possible 4,676 records: 40 (Broken) + 25 (Tied) = 65 Total – Source: NOAA

Meantime, NWS issued the following forecast:

For much of the Western U.S., excessive heat warnings and heat advisories remain in effect for a major heat wave that is ongoing from the Mexican border northward into the Inter-Mountain West. A big upper level high, combined with subsiding air and abundant sunshine, will allow temperatures to reach dangerously high levels. Some of the lower deserts near the Colorado River may reach 120 degrees! Triple digit heat is also expected for much of the Great Basin going through the weekend and into early next week.

Many of the same locations that broke records on Saturday could break records again on Sunday. One of the hottest places will be Death Valley, California as temperatures will approach 130 degrees

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Record Temperatures Broken or Tied in Western US

Posted by feww on June 29, 2013

Life-threatening heat in western U.S. to continue into next week

Numerous daily record high maximum temperatures being set or tied on June 28 as a massive area of high pressure is forecast to persist: NWS


Bishop California:  High temperature at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport reached 107 degrees, breaking daily record high of 105 degrees set in 1956 [Highest temp of  108 degrees set July 5, 2007.]

Death Valley California: High temperature at the Furnace Creek Visitor`s Center reached 125 degrees, tying  daily record set in 1994.

Needles California:   High temperature of 121 degrees today broke the old daily record of 119 degrees set in 1994.

temps and recd nws


Las Vegas: High temperature at Mccarran International Airport hit 115 degrees, tying  the daily record for June 28th set in 1994.

Mt Charleston Nevada: Hhigh temperature in kyle canyon at 7,450 feet reached 92 degrees, breaking  the old daily record of 89 degrees set in 1994.


Kingman Arizona: High of 110 degrees today broke the old daily record of 107 set in 1914.


Records date back to 1888 for Needles, 1901 for Kingman, 1911 for Death Valley, 1937 for Las Vegas, 1943 for Bishop and 1980 for Mt Charleston, said NWS.

The above information is preliminary and is subject to a final
review and certification by the national climatic data center.

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U.S. Drought Intensifying

Posted by feww on July 6, 2012

Drought conditions spread to more than ¾ of the U.S.

Moderate to Exceptional drought levels (D1 – D4) have intensified  by about 10 percent since last week, spreading throughout the contiguous U.S.

  • D0 – D4 drought conditions prevail in 76.33 percent of the lower 48.
  • Alaska has not reported any change in drought levels.
  • Hawaii drought conditions increased to 81.07% from 78.89% last week.

U.S. Drought Map. Released July 5, 2012

Map of Total Precipitation in the U.S. – 7 Days

Map of Total Precipitation in the U.S. – 30 Days

U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook (July 5 to September 30, 2012)

Recent History

Weekly US Drought Map, January 3, 2012.  Source: US Drought Monitor.

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State of Emergency Declared in Louisiana for Severe Weather, Flooding

Posted by feww on March 22, 2012

Bayou State declares statewide emergency due to violent thunderstorms, tornadic events and 15″ of rain

Louisiana Governor has declared a state of emergency to exist statewide, following the current life-threatening round of flooding and escalating threats of additional destructive deluge.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 22

[March 22, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,455 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Louisiana, USA.  Louisiana Governor has declared a state of emergency to exist statewide, following the current life-threatening round of flooding and escalating threats of additional destructive flooding.

US tornado Maps

SPC tornado and severe weather map 21-22 March 2012

SPC tornado and severe weather map 20-21 March 2012.  SPC received at least 11 tornado reports in Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

    • Parishes throughout the state of Louisiana including  Acadia, Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Claiborne, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, St. Charles, Union, Vermilion, and Vernon had already declared states of emergency following yet another round of severe weather and widespread destructive flooding.

Map of US River Flood

Significant River Flood Outlook, March 21-26, 2012.

    • “… beginning on Tuesday, March 20th and predicted to continue through Thursday, March 22nd, a series of strong thunderstorms passed over the State, depositing up to 6” of rain and generating tornadic activity throughout the State, many in areas which are still recovering from the severe weather and flooding which occurred a mere week ago and resulted in the issuance of a separate statewide emergency proclamation –20 BJ 2012,” Gov. Jindal said in his state of emergency proclamation.
    • “… this latest round of severe weather has created dangerous conditions formotorists and other travelers, required widespread school closures, caused damage to houses and buildings, loss of electricity in localized areas, and is causing flooding and the threat of flooding across a large portion of the State;”
    • The state of emeregncy will remain in effect for 30 days from Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to Friday, April 20, 2012, unless terminated sooner.

See also: State of Emergency Declared in S. Louisiana Following Widespread Flooding  Posted on March 13, 2012

Other Global Disasters

  • Mexico Quake Update.  The 7.4Mw quake has destroyed about 150 homes and damaged about 1,250 buildings.  Most of the damage occurred in the municipality of Ometepec in Guerrero, near the quake’s epicenter.
    • At least 11 people were reportedly injured; no fatalities reported, as of posting.
    • The worst hit place was the village of Huixtepec, where nearly half of the buildings were severely damaged, reports said.
  • Oregon, USA.  Klamath County commissioners in Klamath Falls, Oregon, have declared a drought emergency.
    • The Klamath Basin, which straddles the Oregon-California border, has ongoing “trouble meeting the water demands of the 11,400 farms on a federal irrigation project,” a report said. 
  • California.  Marin County officials have declared a drought emergency, a report said.
    • “This resolution will recognize an emergency drought condition exists and continues to develop in Marin County,” county Agricultural Commissioner Stacy Carlsen said, adding ranchers suffered a “50 percent loss in livestock forage as a result of adverse weather conditions” including little precipitation.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand.   “Haze from forest fires and airborne dust particles beyond safety levels still blanket the northern tourist city of Chiang Mai, affecting air traffic in the region,” the Thai News Agency reported
    • Wildfires intensified by drought are ravaging northern Thailand.
    • Chiang Mai Airport is using runway lights during daylight hours because of poor visibility.
    • About quarter of a million people have sought medical treatment for air pollution-related illnesses, including respiratory and coronary heart disease,  said the report.
  • Colorado, USA.  A massive wildfire on Colorado’s eastern plains consumed more than 84  square miles, forcing at least 1,000 residents to flee their homes in a small Colorado town of Eckley, Yuma County, and killing an undetermined number of farm animals and wildlife.
    • “Things are expected to worsen by the weekend, with high fire danger in eastern Colorado, southeast Wyoming and far western Nebraska and South Dakota,” a report said.

Significant Events

  • NWS reported 41 record or record-tying high temperatures for March 20 across 8 states in the central United States. The new records included:
    • Marquette, Mich., recorded 78ºF, which was 22 degrees higher than the old record of 56ºF set in 1976, NWS reported.
    • Milwaukee, WI. New Record: 83 degrees; previous record: 77 degrees (1921).
    • Chicago, IL (Midway).  New Record: 85 degrees; previous record: 71 degrees (1938)
    • Romeoville, IL. New Record: 84 degrees;  previous record: 65 degrees (2003)
    • Jackson, KY. New Record: 86 degrees ;  previous  record: 78 degrees (2011)
    • Fort Wayne, IN.  New Record: 84 degrees;  previous  record: 76 degrees (1918)
    • Duluth, MN.  New Record: 62 degrees; previous  record: 60 degrees (1938)
  • Ancient volcanoes in Upper Midwest reawakening?

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