The asphalt right in front of my drive up window at 3:30 read 138.
The hottest corner in the trailer was 112. I had a good day but god it wore me out. Not looking forward to tomorrow, it's supposed to be a repeat of today. But I still like this better than the days with a high of 12 or 13.
Wow look at this:
Norton Dam, Kan.
, recorded an all-time record of 118 degrees F. on Thursday, two degrees above Death Valley
's July average. The 118-degree reading shattered Norton Dam's previous record of 113 degrees F. – set just three days before.
Anyone looking for relief might put the Northwest on their itinerary. Over the same two-day period, 57 locations, largely clustered in Washington
state and northeastern Oregon
, posted at least one daily high temperature that tied or beat the lowest for the date on which it was measured. Waterville
, Wash., posted the biggest drop among the group – a high of 51 degrees on Wednesday, nine degrees below the previous record-low high of 60 degrees on June 27, 1946.
And it's all coming out of a spring that was the warmest on record in the US, bringing a heat wave to the center of the country in March the likes of which the US hasn't seen since 1910. Indeed, Spring 2012 in the US was 2 degrees warmer than the previous record-holder, the spring of 1910.
One reason for the seemingly relentless high temperatures is the presence of a broad ridge of high pressure inching its way across the continent, forecasters say. With skies generally clear, sunlight has a clear path to travel on its way to baking what in many places is an already parched surface.
As of Tuesday, a broad swath of the US was experiencing either severe or extreme drought, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center
, based at the University of Nebraska
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