23 Jun '17, 4pm

Heat Broils the American Southwest

Hot temperatures are a fact of life in the American Southwest, but the sweltering heat that baked the region in mid-June was anything but routine. With a large ridge of high pressure lingering over the region, sweltering temperatures neared and, in some cases, surpassed heat records. Power companies faced record demand for electricity. Dozens of flights were grounded . Some people even died because of the heat. In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures hit 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius). In Palm Springs, California, the high was 122°F degrees. In Las Vegas, Nevada, temperatures peaked at 117°F. Needles, California, tied its all-time high with a temperature of 125°F. The map at the top of the page shows the heat wave as observed by satellite on June 21, 2017. Note that it depicts land surface temperatures (LSTs), not air temperatures. LSTs reflect how hot the surface o...

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