Western Heat Update

July 1st, 2013 at 11:32 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

las june record  las t-storm outflow  las outflow 2Click on the graphics to enlarge.  Here’s U.S. temperature departure from average.     Death Valley has made at least 127.  That’s the 3rd day in a row the temperature has reached 127.  The record for consecutive days of 127 or greater at Death Valley is 8 in 1913  I’ll wait for a further update.  Las Vegas looked like they stopped at 114.  That was 3 degrees cooler than yesterday..  That area was impacted by thunderstorm outflow.  The wind at LAS went from calm to SW 17 G 23.  Phoenix stopped at 112.   I think the 110 at Boise ID is a more impressive temp. today.   Other highs today:  116 Needles CA, 115 Blythe CA, 111 Red Bluff CA, 108 Hanford WA, 104 Salt Lake City, 99 Missoula MT, 91 Portland OR, 89 Seattle WA.   On the other side of the coin, the high temp. was only 57 at both Copper Harbor and the Marquette MI Coast Guard Station.  The high was only 69 in Detroit, where they had 0.75″ of rain.  It also failed to reach 70 at Fort Wayne IN, Erie PA, Ashland WI and Grand Marais MN.  It was an usual and wet start to July in parts of W. Texas.  Both Marfa and Fort Stockton had highs of 72.  Other cool highs:  71 in Salem IL, 70 in Buffalo NY and u73 in Paducah KY.  Parts of the area east of the Mississippi continue to receive heavy rain.  Green Co. KY had 3.85″ in two hours and there was flooding on the campus of the Univ. of N. Carolina.

While the West sizzles, much of the country east of the Rockies is cooler than average.   Also, the fire that claimed 19 lives in Arizona is tragic, but overall there has been a low number of wild and forest fires in the U.S. this yearMinimal Typhoon Rumbia has moved into China with heavy rain.

32 Responses to “Western Heat Update”

  1. Jack says:

    FIRST AGAIN!!!! You Know what They Say….When You’re HOT You’re HOT !!!! CUE, Jerry Reed :: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9EJ0qXNJGg. Stay cued…. ;-) Lol…

  2. Todd In Nunica says:

    My son is training at Ft Irwin CA Which looks to be about 100 miles South of Death Valley. He sent a message the other day that it was 112, looks like abot 105-115 for the rest of the week. He has lived in MI all his life so he has never experienced heat like that.

    1. Mike M. says:

      I was at Ft. Irwin for two years. Your son will be hard pressed to see a clearer sky at night than he will when he’s out training there. Ft. Irwin is as big as the state of Connecticut and he’ll end up in a spot where there is not even a hint of commercial light. Awesome sight made even better with howling coyotes as background music.

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        I bet he has noticed that! I had not thought of that myself but knowing him i’m sure he will give me a call when he can and tell me how cool it was.

        Something I would love to see!

  3. Nathan says:

    Nice shower here… Hopefully skies clear up for the afternoon though, I have plans!

  4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    From the NWS:

    JUNE 2013 WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF – IF NOT THE HOTTEST – JUNES ON RECORD IN THE MOJAVE DESERT AND SOUTHERN GREAT BASIN AS WELL AS THE DRIEST IN MOST LOCATIONS.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Very true. I don’t know if this will work for you (it’s supposed to be behind a paywall, but here’s global temperature and global temperature anomaly for June: http://models.weatherbell.com/climate/ncep_cfsr_t2m_anom_062013.png It shows a global temperature anomaly of +0.057 deg. C. So, about 1/17th of a degree warmer than average…pretty close to average. It was a warm month over much of the Western U.S., Western Canada and much of Alaska, NE Europe and northern Russia. It was cool (and wet) over much of the Northern U.S. east of the Rockies, NE Canada and the Arctic, Western Europe, India and much of Africa. The far Arctic (north of 80 degrees has been cold of late (http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php), so we haven’t seen the Arctic ice melt off like we did in recent years during early summer: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_timeseries.png. Antarctica ice extent is close to a record historical maximum: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/S_timeseries.png The Antarctic ice extent has been growing since the mid 1980s (bet you didn’t know that): http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png and even though it’s mid summer in Antarctica, the ice cap remains well above the historical average: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png

  5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    GR will not see one 90 degree day all summer. Keep the below average temperatures coming!

    1. fixxxer says:

      no one said we needed 90 degrees so go hide under your rock until december. the mid 80′s is fine by me although ill admit today sucks even by our standards.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Agreed Rocky :)

      1. fixxxer says:

        oh l@@k two winter nuts.

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Fixxx – you don’t have to be a “winter nut” to like temps in the 70′s. I’d bet just about ANYONE who regularly works outdoors (or indoors without A/C) in the summer prefers the cooler, dryer air?

        2. fixxxer says:

          60 for july is crap.

  6. Jay S. says:

    Flight was cancelled from GRR to Vegas yesterday because the flight from Vegas couldn’t leave because of delays due to the heat in Vegas. I think it has to due with the less dense hot air doesn’t give the weighted plane the lift that it needs with the length of the runway. We were supposed to leave at 2:25 pm yesterday and are still sitting in GRR at this time. Haha.. People at the airport get fired up when things aren’t on time. I like watching them lose control..never good..Thinking about driving to Death Valley tomorrow morning just to say that I experienced that type of heat. What do you think, Bill?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Wow! Makes sense – that hot air is probably really “flimsy” (there’s a new term…LOL!).

  7. fixxxer says:

    what a typical crappy day here.

  8. ryan says:

    Record low of 38 set in Marquette this morning

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Records keep falling up there…

      RECORD EVENT REPORT
      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
      635 AM EDT TUE JUL 2 2013

      …RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE THIS MORNING…

      THE LOW TEMPERATURE THIS MORNING AT THE MARQUETTE NATIONAL WEATHER
      SERVICE OFFICE WAS 38 DEGREES. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD LOW
      TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 2 OF 40 DEGREES SET IN 1995.

      WEATHER RECORDS FOR THE MARQUETTE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
      LOCATED IN NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP DATE BACK TO 1961.

    2. fixxxer says:

      not something to really be impressed by in july. just goes to show how crappy our weather can be.

  9. Rockthiscountry says:

    Yep,It is really hot and dry out here in Scottsdale Az.But i see my home state is still having crap weather like Michigan usually does.50′s,60′s,cloudy,rainy.You can keep it.Hot,dry sunny most everyday,oh ya.

  10. Yup (Grandville) says:

    60 degrees? No thanks, bring back the mid 80′s please!

    1. fixxxer says:

      yeah im thinking were lucky to hit 70 today.

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      The record low maximum temperature for GR today is 67°… I think you’ll beat that, barely. The third place “all time” lowest max temp for today is 69°.

      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        3rd place here in GR is 68 recorded in 1978.
        and getting light rain now with a temp of 61 there is still a chance of it being below that or a tie we shall see.
        SlimJim

  11. Rockthiscountry says:

    That is why i left Michigan a few years ago fixxxer

  12. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Ahhh sunny and warmer now. Yesterday was like a fall day, but it was nice to cool down the house without the AC.

    Ready for the heat, Indy?

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Yeah, yesterday was not nice.
      Even I am ready for the average temps again. Lots of slightly below average days and warmer than average nights coming up. Sounds good to me.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Average high for me is 82/83. We get much higher than that.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Check out page 4 map, they forgot a dark orange dot over the Flint Airport =)
          http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/grr/webinars/20130701_June_2013_Climate_Summary_for_Southwest_Lower_Michigan.pdf

  13. Dan says:

    What heat? We haven’t even hit 90 yet this summer season? I say.we reach about 87 or 88 this weekend. We shall see how that plays out!

  14. Dan says:

    NWS thinks the Bermuda high will be in control for this weekend. There are other factors at play. We shall see what happens with these factors. Does it get really hot or just warmer ?

  15. Dan says:

    A temp of 66 degrees so far at the airport.

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