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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 14:28

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A heat wave punishing several Western states brought at least record-tying temperatures to Death Valley and Las Vegas.

The mercury rocketed to 128 degrees Sunday in Death Valley National Park, the National Weather Service said, tying the record for the hottest June day anywhere in the country.

But the Los Angeles Times reported that the National Park Service thermometer — 200 yards away — recorded a temperature of 129.9, which shatters the record for June.

In Las Vegas, the temperature shot up to 117 degrees to tie the city's record high and to cause more discomfort for residents and tourists in the sprawling desert city.

Since record-keeping began in Las Vegas in 1937, the only other times the temperature reached 117 degrees were on July 19, 2005, and July 24, 1942, according to the National Weather Service.

Death Valley's the record high of 134 degrees set nearly a century ago on July 10, 1913, stands as the planet's highest recorded temperature.

Tragedy struck north of Phoenix as hot gusty winds fueled an out of control wild fire that overtook and killed 19 firefighters near the town of Yarnell.

Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters, tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat.

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#2 Nick H.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 14:35

Pfft, 128? Obviously no one has been checking out Irvine...

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 14:35

that is a tragedy indeed, also i cannot believe that on one side of the USA there is so much heat and on the other side its cold and rainy.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 14:39

2 years ago my friend and i were boating on Lake Mead when it was 118F. The water felt great; it was really warm. Being outside in the desert air was unbearable.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 17:03

Pfft, 128? Obviously no one has been checking out Irvine...

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Musta been using an Apple app. :p



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 23:06

108 in paradise, CA today, supposed to.be 115 tomorrow

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 23:40

Global warming is a bitch



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 23:44

Death Valley's the record high of 134 degrees set nearly a century ago on July 10, 1913, stands as the planet's highest recorded temperature.

Tragedy struck north of Phoenix as hot gusty winds fueled an out of control wild fire that overtook and killed 19 firefighters near the town of Yarnell.

Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters, tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat.

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Global warming is a bitch

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 23:45

Global warming is a bitch

 

 

^ Wait till the Sun swells up. :shifty:



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 23:52

That's freaking crazy! Yeah... i'll keep my 85F thank you very much.... I remember when I was in DC a few years ago it hit 110 (unofficial) and man, that was just the worse, it felt like even the AC wasn't working right, just hot everywhere!



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 00:03

These temps are crazy... 117, that's hotter than my GTX Titan gets.



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 00:10

^ Yeah, but the Earth has a much bigger video card. ;)



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 00:20

The solution to climate change is simple; install a 100,000 mile fan on the earth and install a water cooling system in the core :laugh:. Then, we should swap out the pentium D processor in the earths core with a cooler intel atom.



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 00:23

^ How about a 30,000 X 30,000 mile window blind ... ? :laugh:



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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:07

that is a tragedy indeed, also i cannot believe that on one side of the USA there is so much heat and on the other side its cold and rainy.

Running up the middle are these little things called the Rocky Mountains, and most of the records are in or around the several North American deserts -

http://en.m.wikipedi...merican_deserts

Deserts being hot in summer isn't exactly a surprise, and as noted the 134°F record temp was actually set a century ago.

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