Unprecedent Heat Wave Up to 120º Hits Western U.S. This Weekend

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:24 AM
June 28, 2013

Massive-heat-wave-2013    All national weather services stress that a record Monsoon of Heat hits the Western United States this weekend, sending sweltering temperatues well over 100 degrees in most major cities from California upwards to Canada.

Officials at The Extinction Protocol and Accuweather are particularly concerned that such unreasonable heat creates dry fuels easily sparked by rolling but waterless thunderstorms elevating wildfire threats.

According to Weather Space:  “Temperatures in the 100s across Phoenix will turn to 115+, with 120+ along the Colorado River Valley as a ridge of high pressure builds in the area. This ridge will be very large, bringing temperatures 15-20 degrees higher than normal for Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah.”

Starting this weekend, the heatwave is expected to extend through next week.  Populated cities present special concern.   Temperatues well over 100º will hover over major metropolitan areas, including:  “Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boise, Idaho, Rawlins, Wyo., Medford, Ore., and Fresno, Calif.”

Weather experts warn drivers not to try extended travel on desert highways until this wave breaks.  Western Weather expert, Ken Clark says:  “People driving through desert areas during the pattern should make sure their vehicle can make the journey and that they carry extra water in case their vehicle breaks down.”

His colleagues also advise that beaches should be avoided because of the excessive heat. However, those on the East Coast will welcome such weather, as rainfall is expected to continually drench that area into early July.

Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather.com adds:  “Cities that could set new annual extreme 650x366_06261928_hd23temperature marks include Flagstaff, Ariz., Las Vegas and Reno, Nev. In Flagstaff, Ariz., the all-time record high is 97 set on July 5, 1973. In Las Vegas, the all-time record high is 117 degrees set on July 19, 2005 and July 24, 1942. At Reno, the all-time high is 108 degrees set most recently on July 5, 2007. Death Valley, Calif. could reach their hottest June temperature on record of 128 degrees set June 30, 1994.”

The Weather Space.com network advises also:  “On June 15th, the Southwestern United States Monsoon officially started.  The official dates go from June 15th through September 15th and gives the Southwestern United States shower and thunderstorm activity . . .

“The monsoon is a seasonal shift in the mid and upper level winds.  This drives moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico and/or Mexico from the southeast, instead of the usual dry west flow over the region.”

As half of America suffers under such oppressive heat, and the other half shivers in rolling rain, let us remember to strengthen our faith in Almighty God.  As plus-size Christian t-shirts promise:  “The eternal God is Thy Refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms . . . (Deuteronomy 33: 27).”

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