Western Heat UpdateJuly 1st, 2013 at 11:32 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click 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 year. Minimal Typhoon Rumbia has moved into China with heavy rain.