Heat wave shifts to the Midwest; Waldo Canyon Fire still 5% contained

By: Angela Fritz , 8:17 PM GMT on June 28, 2012

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The ridge of high pressure causing this week's record-setting heat wave continues to drift east today, and will inflict extreme June heat across most of the central U.S. and Midwest on Thursday. Triple-digit heat (and heat indices) will be widespread from the Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland) to the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys (St. Louis, Louisville, Memphis). Ann Arbor, Michigan has reached 100° as of 4pm EDT. Heat advisories spread from Kansas north to Michigan, and as far southeast as North and South Carolina.

On Wednesday, 16 all-time record highs were broken or tied from Wyoming to Kansas, and 47 month-of-June records were either broken or tied. 66 warm overnight low records were also tied, 8 of which were all-time records for the month of June. The temperature did not get below 81° in Lamar, Colorado Tuesday night. The overnight low temperature is an important barometer for public health and safety in extreme heat waves; if the mercury does not drop significantly, our bodies (the sick and elderly, in particular) cannot recuperate.


Figure 1. Heat advisories (pink) from Kansas north to Michigan, and as far southeast as North and South Carolina on Thursday, where heat indices are expected to reach 105, as much as 110 in some places.

Our Weather Historian, Christopher C. Burt, wraps up yesterday's significant temperature records:

• Lamar, Colorado hit 112°, which is the city's hottest ever reading, beating 111° measured a few days ago and also on July 13, 1934.

• Dodge City, Kansas finally broke free of its multiple 110° previous all-time records with 111° on Wednesday. Dodge City has one of longest periods of record in the United States, with temperature records beginning on September 15, 1874.

• Hill City, Kansas hit 115° as it did on Tuesday as well, again just 1° short of all-time Kansas STATE June record of 116° set at Hugoton on June 25, 1911.

• Tucumcari, New Mexico hit 108°, just 1° short of all-time record as was the case in Goodland, Kansas and many others.

Waldo Canyon Fire gains 5,000 acres, still 5% contained

18,500 acres (up from 13,5000 on Wednesday) have been consumed, and $3.2 million spent fighting, in the Waldo Canyon Fire which is burning northwest of Colorado Springs and encroaching on the city. The fire remains 5% contained. Around 32,000 people have been evacuated as of Thursday morning as fire fighters continue to battle the blaze, with some help from the weather. Colorado Springs is forecast to reach 97° on Thursday, though it will be slightly cooler in the hills where the majority of the fire is burning. The red flag warnings have been dropped as wind speeds calm to 5-10 mph out of the northwest. However, humidity will still be relatively low, around 15% at the peak heat of the day. Thunderstorms are in the forecast, which creates the threat of lightning-induced fires


A giant plume from the Waldo Canyon Fire hovers high above Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, June 23, 2012. The fire is zero percent contained and has consumed 2500 acres. Voluntary and mandatory evacuations were taking place across the west side of Colorado Springs. Tankers were dropping fire retardant in front of the advancing flames. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

In the Tropics…

An African easterly wave in the central main development region of the North Atlantic is still producing some disorganized thunderstorm activity. The circulation in the wave is moderate but somewhat displaced from the strongest thunderstorm activity, though given the moderate wind shear the wave is experiencing that's not surprising. Sea surface temperature is around average, 28° C (82° F), which is warm enough to support tropical development. The National Hurricane Center continues to give this wave a 10% chance of developing over the next 48 hours.

There are a couple more tropical waves expected to leave the coast of Africa in the next week or so, neither of which are showing any signs of development in the models.

Angela

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

We don't like the heat :P


cant take the heat get out the kitchen
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

You should live up here.


Yeah but you guys don't get hurricanes that get often. That's one reason I love my state, lol.
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...the only place ice belongs, is in your drink!
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Quoting weatherh98:


it aint so

Thanks !


Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:



I read it on da Internet...
so it mus be so...

Yeah, well there is no way to dispute that, then.
The internet is Pure Fact as we all know.
:):))
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Quoting weatherh98:


WE DONT LIKE THE COLD

We don't like the heat :P
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Quoting Jedkins01:



I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like that after a period of less than average "serious" weather for years in Florida this year, and maybe the coming years will bounce back to the opposite. I tell ya, Debby sure rocked my area, way more than I expected, heck people even died and I had to dodge a roof on a road on Sunday while driving to the beach to check things out, and half of my friends had flooded neighbors and knew someone with flood damage, either from torrential rains of more than 12 inches or storm surge flooding from the relentless winds.


Links please?? Im in Southern California and like El Nino years. It usually means instead of 6-10" of rain,it could go 10-22" for the year. I think San Diego averages like 10" a year.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

You should live up here.


WE DONT LIKE THE COLD
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Quoting KoritheMan:


All I can say is, this winter had better not be anything close to the one we had in 2009-2010. Sure there were three separate periods of snow, and several unverified forecasts announcing the same. But lows in the teens to lower 20s were not uncommon. It really sucked.
Hey I love the cold and el niño in general as that usually means a lot of rain for my area.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

You should live up here.


i wish i could spend the winter there
noreasters just might break the MIT-Oklahoma tie in my mind.
But then i would have to do without the twisters.
Uggh.
You cant have it all
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Dude, I love snow. I live in Louisiana for god's sake. What I don't like is cold. My personal mentality is if it's going to get cold, it had better be accompanied by snow. But 95% of the time where I live, that's only a fantasy.


YES. yall usually get snow more than i do because ihave the lake
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
6 days old born 6/22/12 at 3:45pm.


Congrats!
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Dude, I love snow. I live in Louisiana for god's sake. What I don't like is cold. My personal mentality is if it's going to get cold, it had better be accompanied by snow. But 95% of the time, that's only a fantasy.

You should live up here.
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Quoting hydrus:
Naa. The words or sumpthin else.


snap out of it
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


snowhater.
you dont know how much we love snow.


Dude, I love snow. I live in Louisiana for god's sake. What I don't like is cold. My personal mentality is if it's going to get cold, it had better be accompanied by snow. But 95% of the time where I live, that's only a fantasy.
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Quoting pottery:

Nah.
I'm trying for immortality.
He has long past it.....

(or is that immorality? I can never remember)


mortality*
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
6 days old born 6/22/12 at 3:45pm.


wait you had a daughter?

*sheaks head*

nobody ever tells me anything

congrats!!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


fresca batter?
Its true...They use beer batter on everything from onion rings to shrimp...it aint no lie..:)
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
6 days old born 6/22/12 at 3:45pm.


congratulations Pop
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Quoting weatherh98:


definitely! i love el nino winters and la nina summers

hope your daughter is doing well!
6 days old born 6/22/12 at 3:45pm.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



its not......... is it?

Nah.
I'm trying for immortality.
He has long past it.....

(or is that immorality? I can never remember)
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Quoting weatherh98:


im probablly making you delusional with my stupid analysis
Naa. The words or sumpthin else.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


All I can say is, this winter had better not be anything close to the one we had in 2009-2010. Sure there were three separate periods of snow, and several unverified forecasts announcing the same. But lows in the teens to lower 20s were not uncommon. It really sucked.


i had 3b days of 17
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Quoting RTSplayer:
Poll:

How strong does the BoC disturbance become before "landfall"?

A) Nothing
B) Invest
C) TD
D) TS
E) Hurricane


A. It's an anti-cyclone thing...sigh...TX needs the rain....
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Quoting KoritheMan:


All I can say is, this winter had better not be anything close to the one we had in 2009-2010. Sure there were three separate periods of snow, and several unverified forecasts announcing the same. But lows in the teens to lower 20s were not uncommon. It really sucked.


snowhater.
you dont know how much we love snow.

i actually saw a pond freeze that year.
It is amazing
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Quoting pottery:

Please say it aint so....


I read it on da Internet...
so it mus be so...
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Quoting hydrus:
Crawtaters sound delicious....I shall made home made crawtaters.....With a mighty fresca batter...Served with dirty rice....yeah


fresca batter?
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Quoting weatherh98:


definitely! i love el nino winters and la nina summers

hope your daughter is doing well!


All I can say is, this winter had better not be anything close to the one we had in 2009-2010. Sure there were three separate periods of snow, and several unverified forecasts announcing the same. But lows in the teens to lower 20s were not uncommon. It really sucked.
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Quoting pottery:

Please say it aint so....


it aint so
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Quoting weatherh98:


i like crawtaters
Crawtaters sound delicious....I shall made home made crawtaters.....With a mighty fresca batter...Served with dirty rice....yeah
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Quoting Jedkins01:



I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like that after a period of less than average "serious" weather for years in Florida this year, and maybe the coming years will bounce back to the opposite. I tell ya, Debby sure rocked my area, way more than I expected, heck people even died and I had to dodge a roof on a road on Sunday while driving to the beach to check things out, and half of my friends had flooded neighbors and knew someone with flood damage, either from torrential rains of more than 12 inches or storm surge flooding from the relentless winds.


1997/1998 el nino was warm from what im reading
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Quoting hydrus:
You guys crack me up, and I am not even sure why..:)


im probablly making you delusional with my stupid analysis
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Been away all day, but I see that the Globule in the Atl. is still at 10%.
What's up with that????
Everything else is going up !

:)"))
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Quoting pottery:

Please say it aint so....



its not......... is it?
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


yes i did, now i want to watch OT but i cant so i will have to see what happens

have u watched it at all?

may have reached 100F today, i will have to check



i played basketball and then lifted
through out the day yes but i just turned it on
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
Evidence that Pottery might be as old as Grother....


Please say it aint so....
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Quoting weatherh98:


evening hydrus. i would bet 2 bucks on it because weather changes constantly but still
You guys crack me up, and I am not even sure why..:)
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
wh98, im so happy for tyler clary XD

And i agree it will be quiet in the tropics for a bit


hes been fighting for it!
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Quoting weatherh98:


grothar is 64 million years old.

Multiplied by a Googolplex.....and thats being rather conservative
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wh98, im so happy for tyler clary XD

And i agree it will be quiet in the tropics for a bit
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Quoting hydrus:
I wouldnt bet on it..Good evening 98


evening hydrus. i would bet 2 bucks on it because weather changes constantly but still
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Good evening guys it looks as if this years el ni%uFFFDo will likely rival that of the 1997/1998 event. CFS2 and the Euro show sst's crossing the 2 mark come December. This means lots of rain and tornadoes this coming winter in FL.



I wouldn't be surprised, it seems like that after a period of less than average "serious" weather for years in Florida this year, and maybe the coming years will bounce back to the opposite. I tell ya, Debby sure rocked my area, way more than I expected, heck people even died and I had to dodge a roof on a road on Sunday while driving to the beach to check things out, and half of my friends had flooded neighbors and knew someone with flood damage, either from torrential rains of more than 12 inches or storm surge flooding from the relentless winds.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Yup expect some major snow storms maybe all the way down to the C Gulf Coast.


definitely! i love el nino winters and la nina summers

hope your daughter is doing well!
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Looked to me as that Area in the BOC had a bit of counterclockwise spin the last few frames?? But after looking at Debby and all the eddys,vortices,etc that got spit out of the Larger circulation,I can't tell anymore!
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Quoting weatherh98:


prolly a quiet few weeks
I wouldnt bet on it..Good evening 98
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Quoting hydrus:
Interesting to see the South Pacific cranking out storms. It would be similar to a late December storm here I guess. Doksuri looks sheared or something.The gulf blob is looking more suspicious.


doksuri is sheared
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Yes. That's basic meteorology.


basically.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


The amplitude of the ridge over the central US is such that the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are fairly dry. This can be seen quite nicely on water vapor imagery. The only area that's favored right now is the western Gulf of Mexico, which is not coincidentally, the only place with any sort of convection.


i just think its funny that people see a blob of tstorms in the BOC turning the wrong way even, and are getting exited about it.

these lulls
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Interesting to see the South Pacific cranking out storms. It would be similar to a late December storm here I guess. Doksuri looks sheared or something.The gulf blob is looking more suspicious.
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Quoting weatherh98:


and cooler air
Yup expect some major snow storms maybe all the way down to the C Gulf Coast.
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Quoting weatherh98:


Ive gotta give you props. you nailed the track of debby. I ate crow.
Thanks Bro!
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