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July 1, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton and Louis Sahagun
The record heat in Death Valley turned the hot spot into a draw for the meteorologically curious - and brave. According to the National Weather Service , Sunday's highest temperature was 129 degrees, making it the hottest June temperature ever recorded in the U.S. The soaring temperature also beat out the park's hottest temperature from last summer by one degree, according to park officials. "It's early for us to have these temperatures in June," said park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman.
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December 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Five people were reported killed by flooding in Kentucky on a weekend that included snow in the Midwest and New England, tornadoes in the South and record heat in New York. Almost half a million customers were reportedly without power across Michigan and New England as winter weather hampered early holiday travel. Meantime, New Yorkers strolled through Central Park in shirtsleeves.  Kentucky officials said a vehicle carrying five people drove into floodwaters from the Rolling Fork River near New Hope, Ky., on Sunday morning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
FURNACE CREEK, Calif. -- At noon, the temperature stood at 122 in the shade, what little of it there was. Ravens huddled in the shadows of desert scrub, panting with their beaks open wide. The Desert pupfish of Salt Creek swam for cover in the deeper, cooler pools near the stream's headwaters. A sign posted at the entrance to the Furnace Creek Golf Course registration office said, “Closed at 12:30 due to extreme heat.” With the temperature inching toward a forecasted peak of an oppressive 130, fluid loss through sweating, with the depletion of sugar and electrolytes, can exceed a gallon an hour.
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December 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Flooding in Kentucky left five people dead on a winter weekend that included snow in the Midwest and New England, apparent tornadoes in the South and record heat in New York. Almost half a million customers were reportedly without power across Michigan and New England as winter weather hampered early holiday travel. More than 200 flights were canceled in Chicago as New Yorkers strolled through balmy Central Park in shirt-sleeves. Strong winds, rain and at least one reported tornado pummeled Kentucky, where officials said a vehicle carrying five people drove into floodwaters from the Rolling Fork River near New Hope, about 50 miles southeast of Louisville.
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December 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Five people were reported killed by flooding in Kentucky on a weekend that included snow in the Midwest and New England, tornadoes in the South and record heat in New York. Almost half a million customers were reportedly without power across Michigan and New England as winter weather hampered early holiday travel. Meantime, New Yorkers strolled through Central Park in shirtsleeves.  Kentucky officials said a vehicle carrying five people drove into floodwaters from the Rolling Fork River near New Hope, Ky., on Sunday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Several wildfires erupted around Southern California on Friday as the region suffered through another day of record heat. A fire raging in northern San Diego County had burned 1,650 acres by Friday evening. Two smaller fires in San Bernardino and Ventura counties charred dozens of acres before being contained. The wide-ranging fire in San Diego County was sparked by a lightning strike Thursday. Early on, several hundred firefighters struggled to contain it. They were helped Friday afternoon by thundershowers, and the blaze was 30% contained by Friday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996
Just one week after the biggest rainstorm of the season, record heat baked the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday. In Burbank, afternoon temperatures reached 91 degrees by 4 p.m., breaking by three degrees the old record for the date set in 1954, according to the National Weather Service. Woodland Hills was even hotter, with an afternoon high of 92 degrees, or 24 degrees above average. In Canoga Park, the previous record high of 87 degrees was set in 1953.
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December 19, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
As if being the hottest spot in the nation Thursday wasn't enough, there was also record heat in Simi Valley on Saturday. The mercury reached 85 degrees, breaking the old record of 82 set in 1979, according to the National Weather Service. On Thursday, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks were the hottest spots in the country at 84 degrees. "Any time of year you can get these temperatures but it's unusual that it was a record high," said Joe Sirard, a U.S. meteorologist in Oxnard.
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March 5, 1987
Lindbergh Field posted a record high temperature of 85 degrees Wednesday, breaking the March 4, 1968, mark of 83. But a 50% chance of rain is expected to wash away the heat late today, National Weather Service forecasters said. Heavy showers are expected to linger through Friday morning, bringing one or two inches of rain to the coast before the Pacific storm moves slowly eastward, making way for a sunny weekend, forecaster Wally Ciegel said.
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October 3, 1991 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If genius truly is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, as Thomas Edison said, then Wednesday's weather must have made 15-year-old Steve Chung feel like the next William Shakespeare as he sat in his honors English class. "It's hotter in the class than out in the sun," the Granada Hills High School sophomore said, taking a break from his sixth-period course outside in the breeze. "Most of the time I spend wiping the sweat off my face."
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July 1, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Record heat is drawing tourists to Death Valley at possibly the most uncomfortable time of the year, where they are snapping a photograph next to a thermometer or attempting to fry an egg without a stove. Death Valley National Park has posted warnings to visitors on how to survive the heat.  It wouldn't seem a great time to visit, but on the other hand, the national park has issued an open invitation for folks to come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hottest-ever temperature on the planet.     The thermometer soared to 134 degrees on July 10, 1913, at what's now the appropriately-named settlement of Furnace Creek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton and Louis Sahagun
The record heat in Death Valley turned the hot spot into a draw for the meteorologically curious - and brave. According to the National Weather Service , Sunday's highest temperature was 129 degrees, making it the hottest June temperature ever recorded in the U.S. The soaring temperature also beat out the park's hottest temperature from last summer by one degree, according to park officials. "It's early for us to have these temperatures in June," said park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
FURNACE CREEK, Calif. -- At noon, the temperature stood at 122 in the shade, what little of it there was. Ravens huddled in the shadows of desert scrub, panting with their beaks open wide. The Desert pupfish of Salt Creek swam for cover in the deeper, cooler pools near the stream's headwaters. A sign posted at the entrance to the Furnace Creek Golf Course registration office said, “Closed at 12:30 due to extreme heat.” With the temperature inching toward a forecasted peak of an oppressive 130, fluid loss through sweating, with the depletion of sugar and electrolytes, can exceed a gallon an hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Six runners who braved a half marathon in Pasadena amid record-breaking temperatures Sunday morning were hospitalized for heat-related conditions, authorities said. Paramedics treated 15 people for heat-related injuries along the course of the 3,500-runner race, mostly near the end of the 13.1-mile route, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. Of them, six were taken to the hospital in serious condition, she said. Derderian said that at least two of the seriously injured runners were suffering cramps, stumbling over their words and fading in and out of consciousness.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Los Angeles area isn't the only spot expecting record heat: Las Vegas is anticipating highs Saturday, Sunday and Monday of 117 degrees, tying an all-time record first set in 1942 and exceeded in 2005. The thermometer may soar higher still along the Strip, said meteorologist Reed Wolcott at the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas. “There's so much concrete there, it's going to be ever hotter,” he said. “That pavement could be 150, easily, and it radiates upward.” Wolcott's advice: “Stay indoors if you can, in air conditioning.” Which isn't so hard to do in Las Vegas.
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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.
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July 6, 1999 | From Associated Press
A wave of record heat and sticky, humid air enveloped the eastern third of the nation Monday, wilting people who had to be outside and shifting air conditioners into electricity-sucking overdrive. The air "feels like a warm, wet blanket," said Amanda Finley, 22, in Charlotte, N.C. "We're taking numerous showers," said Iris Robinson of Newark, N.J., where the mercury hit a record 103 degrees. "I didn't really get any sleep last night. All you could do was just lay still and don't talk."
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February 2, 1995 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
No one was happier with Wednesday's record heat and sunny weather than Cass Golnaraghi, who watched 400 customers flock to his carwash Wednesday compared to zero a week ago. "We haven't had any business in a month," Golnaraghi said, as he watched mud-encrusted cars line up for a chance to shower off. "I'm so happy about the sun, please let it stay this way!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Robert J. Lopez
For those who couldn't beat the record-setting heat Monday, forecasters have good news. Temperatures were expected to drop about 10 degrees Tuesday and stay below average for the rest of the week, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service. "It'll be quite a bit cooler," he said. Tuesday's highs were expected to hit 80 degrees in downtown Los Angeles (which saw a high of 93 the day before), 89 in Pasadena (down from 99) and 93 in Woodland Hills (from 103)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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