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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:49 PM

Heat Wave May Threaten World’s Hottest Temp. Record

By Andrew Freedman

A brutal and potentially historic heat wave is in store for the West as parts of Nevada, Arizona and California may get dangerously hot temperatures starting Thursday and lasting through next week. In fact, by the end of the heat wave, we may see a record tied or broken for the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

The furnace-like heat is coming courtesy of a “stuck” weather pattern that is setting up across the U.S. and Canada. By midweek next week, the jet stream — a fast-moving river of air at airliner altitudes that is responsible for steering weather systems — will form the shape of a massive, slithering snake with what meteorologists refer to as a deep “ridge” across the Western states, and an equally deep trough seting up across the Central and Eastern states.



All-time records are likely to be threatened in normally hot places — including Death Valley, Calif., which holds the record for the highest reliably recorded air temperature on Earth at 134°F. That mark was set on July 10, 1913, and with forecast highs between 126°F to 129°F this weekend, that record could be threatened. The last time Death Valley recorded a temperature at or above 130°F was in 1913.

Las Vegas and Phoenix, two cities well-known for their hot and dry summers, are also predicted to approach record territory. Last Vegas’ all-time high temperature record is 117°F and Phoenix’s high is 122°F. Excessive heat warnings are in effect in both cities from Friday through Monday.

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http://www.climatecentral.org/news/heat-wave-to-threaten-worlds-hottest-temperature-record-16161

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:54 PM

1. Mon-Tues in NoCal: low 60s (and rainy). Yesterday and today: 90s

What climate change?




just in case

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Response to REP (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:49 PM

7. yes

that was crazy, wasn't it?

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Response to shanti (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:50 PM

8. I prefer something in the middle :-)

It's crazy hot today!

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Response to REP (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:10 PM

12. AND it's supposed to continue for 6 more 100+ days

i don't do 100+ days myself, so inside i stay

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Response to shanti (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:06 PM

14. Me neither. We're supposed to get this in MAY!

Or September. Not now.

I think I need to clean my freezer a lot!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:59 PM

2. I like the looks of that blue-green blob over the mid-Atlantic!

Think of all the money we will save on air conditioning!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:33 PM

3. My AC has been running nonstop today, and it's supposed to be about 105F tomorrow or Saturday.

 

But it could be so much worse. It has gotten as high as 119F here in early July.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:43 PM

4. Tin-foil warning: What, if any, weather patterns are man-made? People WILL die from the heat.

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:45 PM

5. Now? They all are. Controlled would be a different kettle of fish...

Someday, maybe. See also Geoengineering.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:47 PM

6. That is one ugly map

 

Scanner running.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:02 PM

9. Yikes. Stay well hydrated.

Be cool and careful.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:19 PM

10. After a cooler than usual June,

We are heating up, starting today. 100s are expected next week. I have NO air conditioning.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 06:54 AM

11. Want to have a cookout in Vegas? Just use the asphalt! It's about 200 degrees!

 

Be careful where you walk there and what you are wearing!

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/dangerous-heat-wave-headed-southwest-19515489

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:12 PM

13. HOT !!!

 




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