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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.
June 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - This is a town that might as well be situated on the surface of Venus; it's that accustomed to the wrath of the summer sun. So when this tourist haunt issues health warnings about an upcoming heat wave, it's a good idea to sit up and take notice. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for this weekend, predicting that temperatures Sunday could match the record-high of 117 degrees, reached on only two other occasions in the city's recorded history.
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 1, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times Staff
Southern California will see hot conditions over the weekend, with temperatures surpassing 100 degrees in some inland valley areas. Temperatures will rise into the 80s in the Los Angeles Basin and the 90s in the San Fernando Valley. The National Weather Service said the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys could top 100 degrees on Saturday. The hot conditions add to the challenges of firefighters battling the Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest. Stronger winds are also expected in the fire zone.
May 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A break in the heat is coming -- just not yet. As a high-pressure system remains settled over Southern California, residents should expect another day of record-setting high temperatures on Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno, "Today is going to be very close to yesterday," when record-high temperatures baked Burbank and Lancaster, among other cities, Bruno said. Burbank's record of 103 degrees and Woodland Hills' 104-degree record could both be topped Monday, forecasters said.
April 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
By now, everybody knows what to expect from your standard-issue ho-hum water park: body and tube slide complexes with funnels and bowls, deluge-inducing water play towers for the little ones, undulating wave pools and relaxing lazy rivers. Photos: 20 best water parks in the world Pretty much everything you typically find at a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a Great Wolf Lodge resort or any Wet 'n Wild. The best water parks in the world, however, have been busy adding the latest cutting-edge attractions, such as magnetically propelled water coasters, inverted looping slides, stationary wave machines and interactive water games.
April 29, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
If you're out of sunscreen, stock up. An unusual three-day heat wave due later this week has weather experts predicting temperatures in the Los Angeles area will be approaching 90 degrees. The searing heat is likely to have a prelude Wednesday, when a combination of high pressure and offshore winds should send temperatures into the upper 70s. That will be followed by three days when highs in downtown Los Angeles are expected to be well into the 80s, according to Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
March 14, 2013 | By William deBuys
If cities were stocks, you'd want to short Phoenix. Of course, it's an easy city to pick on. The nation's 13th-largest metropolitan area crams 4.3 million people into a low bowl in a hot desert, where horrific heat waves and windstorms visit it regularly. And it depends on an improbable infrastructure to suck water from the distant (and dwindling) Colorado River. If the Gulf Coast's Hurricane Katrina and the Eastern Seaboard's Superstorm Sandy previewed how coastal cities can expect to fare as seas rise and storms strengthen, Phoenix - which also stands squarely in the cross hairs of climate change - pulls back the curtain on the future of inland empires.
September 17, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Should we write in the nude? That's what Robert McCrum at the Guardian asks. It can, he suggests, get the creativity flowing. Creating while naked is all the rage -- it is, isn't it, if Lady Gaga is doing it? According to an unnamed source in the U.K.'s the Sun , “Gaga has really taken to the idea of naked recording. She has been recording vocals while she's been completely starkers.” Why? “She thinks it makes her voice sound better.” Could being unclothed help all artists make better art?
August 15, 2012 | By Phil Willon and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A fast-moving wildfire stoked by triple-digit temperatures burned 3,000 acres Tuesday in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, creeping perilously close to tinder-dry areas of the San Bernardino National Forest, officials said. At least four structures, including one home, were destroyed by the blaze, which spread rapidly through dry brush and grasslands in a sparsely populated area south of Hemet and east of Temecula. The fire, just 5% contained as of Tuesday evening, was spreading rapidly through the rocky hills and desert scrub, and was within a mile of forest lands west of Anza, where drought has heightened fire danger all summer.
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