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June 28, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
If you think “Heat Wave,” is just a song, odds are that you've been living in an air-conditioned bubble during the past week or so. According to records kept by the National Climatic Data Center, part of the federal government, the United States has been sweltering through a wave of high temperatures that has hampered fighting wildfires and growing crops. And summer is just days old -- at least according to the calendar. “One of the things that sticks out,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with the agency, “is that we had had 41 all-time records broken or tied so far in June.
September 9, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Southern California will finally get a respite from the searing summer heat over the next few days, but it will be short-lived, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to be normal to slightly below normal in coastal areas and in the valleys through Wednesday, said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard . A marine layer returned Sunday and is expected to push temperatures down, Rorke said. During a heat wave, interior coastal air pushes the cooler air farther onto the water and keeps it from reaching land.
July 8, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Everything is relative, perhaps heat most of all. That's why some Midwesterners are feeling grateful for Sunday's temperature downgrade from “lava-hot” to “merely baking.” Those are not official meteorological terms, by the way, but the drop from Saturday's high of roughly 105 degrees here in the nation's heartland - after a grueling week of similar heat - to more sensible July highs of 96 and 94 and 92 on Sunday...
June 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
The first day of a heat wave produced extreme temperatures Friday across Southern California, but forecasters say the real broiling will come this weekend. Heat records in Palmdale and Lancaster, which stand at 113 and 114 degrees, respectively, could be broken, National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto said. The last significant heat wave to hit Southern California was five years ago, Seto said. The 2009 heat wave baked the region for about two weeks. In Los Angeles, the hot weather is a particular concern to firefighters because it comes in a year of record dry conditions that have already sparked several brush fires across the region.
February 13, 2011 | By Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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June 29, 2013 | By Ahn Do
More records broke Saturday as a heat wave kept its grips on California and the West. According to the National Weather Service, several desert and Inland Empire communities set new records for this day of the year, including Palm Springs (122 degrees), Indio (121) and Riverside (105). Other record highs for the date were recorded in Lancaster (111), Paso Robles (111), Idyllwild (98) and Camarillo (89), according to the NWS. The hottest places were in desert areas. Needles set a new record of 120 degrees, according to Accuweather.
June 19, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Alaskans scrambled for ways to keep cool as an unusual heat wave warmed Anchorage and other parts of the state this week, bringing temperatures to the Last Frontier that felt more like Southern California. Residents headed to Goose Lake in Anchorage as temperatures hit 81 on Tuesday, breaking the previous record for the day of 80 degrees set in 1926. In June, temperatures in Anchorage usually range in the mid-60s. Even higher temperatures were recorded in the interior of the state.
June 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Emily Foxhall
Temperatures reached 105 degrees Friday in Palm Springs and it wasn't even noon yet. It was 97 degrees in Lancaster and 95 in Palmdale before 11 a.m., the National Weather Service reported. And it's only going to get worse. Los Angeles International Airport will match its record for June 29 if it hits 85 degrees Saturday as expected. Heat records for this weekend in Palmdale and Lancaster, which are 113 and 114 degrees, respectively, could also be broken this weekend, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto.
July 6, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
It's not that the Midwest hasn't been extremely hot before, and it's not that it hasn't been incredibly dry. But it's unusual for a vast swath of the Midwest to be so very hot and so very dry for so very long -- particularly this early in the summer. The current heat wave -- which is spurring comparisons to the catastrophic heat of 1936 --  is "out of whack," meteorologist Jim Keeney said Friday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.  Photos: Midwest heat wave "Even on the East Coast today, temperatures are 100 or above" -- basically, Keeney said, the heat wave extends from Kansas all the way to the East Coast.
June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Matt Stevens
FURNACE CREEK, Calif.  -- The National Weather Service forecast for Death Valley National Park on Sunday is a scorcher, with the mercury expected to soar to around 130 degrees for the first time in nearly a century. “It hasn't been that hot in Death Valley - or anywhere else in the United States - since July 13, 1913,” said Chris Stachelksi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Las Vegas office, which tracks the park's weather. Saturday's high temperature of 128 at Furnace Creek, in the heart of Death Valley, tied the record for the month of June.
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