Morocco hits 121°F (49.6°C): a national all-time heat record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:01 AM GMT on July 18, 2012

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The first new all-time national temperature record of 2012 belongs to Morocco, thanks to the 121.3°F (49.6°C) temperature measured at Marrakech on July 17, 2012. According to the Wunderground International Records data base maintained by our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, the previous record was 120.4°F (49.1°C) at Agadir on July 30, 2009. A hotter temperature of 51.7°C (125.1°F) was reported from Aghadir (Agadir) Souss Massa Dra region on 17 August 1940 during a chergui wind event. However, this reading is considered unreliable by weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, since the temperature was 6°C higher than that measured at nearby stations.

Seven nations set all time heat records in 2011. Nineteen nations (plus the the U.K.'s Ascension Island) set all-time extreme heat records in 2010. One nation (Zambia, in 2011) set an all-time cold record during the period 2010 - 2012. With a very hot airmass in place over much of North Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia the remainder of this week, more all-time national heat records may fall.


Figure 1. A sample image of what the new Fire Risk layer on our wundermap looks like. This is the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, one of several indices that can be used to measure fire risk. Blue and green colors represent lower risks, while yellow and orange colors show higher risk. The highest risk is shown in dark red. The legend for the Fire Risk layer explains that these highest risk areas are often associated with more severe drought with increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep burning fires with significant downwind spotting can be expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn actively at these levels.

Wunderground releases new fire risk layer on its wundermap
Our interactive wundermap, which allows one to overlay multiple meteorological data sets, has a new layer: a Fire Risk layer. Using data from the U.S. Forest Service's Wildland Fire Assessment System, we give you option to plot up U.S. fire danger using a variety of options: Fire Danger Rating, Lower Atmosphere Stability (Haines Index), Keetch-Byram Drought Index, 10-hr Dead Fuel Moisture, 100-hr Dead Fuel Moisture, and 1000-hr Dead Fuel Moisture. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, California currently has the most number of of large fires burning of any state (5), which makes sense, given what the fire risk map above is showing.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


deactivating clear sky...thats about all it is
Agree with you.
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Lol...Chick, the only thing I'm underage for is social security. I'm nearly 25.
I thought you were 16 or 17 like my age.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

There was a tornado warning just north of Boston today... No touchdown though.


hasnt been a tornado warning in n ga since march 2nd if i remember correctly.

a few in S and SE ga from debby

it will be a very calm tornado year.

Has there ever been a major outbreak in fall tornado season?
By major i mean with ef-4 tornadoes etc?
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Whatever it was, it is no more:

invest_DEACTIVATE_al912012.ren


deactivating clear sky...thats about all it is
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550. wxmod
Quoting Skyepony:


I don't ever remember water pooling at the north pole before.


It kinda looks like summer camp up there. Hang out by the lakes. Do a little fishing.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


fun, use your camera.

been a long time since ive had a severe tstorm with golfball size hailed warned or 70mph winds

There was a tornado warning just north of Boston today... No touchdown though.
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Not sure if this has been shared on here yet but it's definitely worth sharing.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index .html?media_id=146903741
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Whatever it was, it is no more:

invest_DEACTIVATE_al912012.ren
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Quoting bluheelrtx:
This is the comments section of a blog, not the government. The operators of this blog can promote or remove anyone they like.
You're right!
This blog cannot be compared to a nation state....nor can its bloggers be to citizens.

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
I'm having a good day...

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM
EDT FOR NORTHERN WINDHAM...NORTHEASTERN TOLLAND...EXTREME EAST
CENTRAL HAMPDEN...EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN NORFOLK...EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN WORCESTER AND NORTHWESTERN PROVIDENCE COUNTIES...

AT 246 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE AND
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
WOODSTOCK...OR 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF PUTNAM...MOVING EAST AT 30
MPH. IN ADDITION...THERE ARE SOME SIGNS OF ROTATION NEAR
BURRILLVILLE RHODE ISLAND. WHILE ITS NOT IMMINENT...THERE IS A LOW
RISK OF A TORNADO DEVELOPING.


fun, use your camera.

been a long time since ive had a severe tstorm with golfball size hailed warned or 70mph winds
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Quoting RitaEvac:


And I'm Rita and female....


hmph.
im sure some people think that
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I'm having a good day...

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM
EDT FOR NORTHERN WINDHAM...NORTHEASTERN TOLLAND...EXTREME EAST
CENTRAL HAMPDEN...EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN NORFOLK...EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN WORCESTER AND NORTHWESTERN PROVIDENCE COUNTIES...

AT 246 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE AND
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
WOODSTOCK...OR 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF PUTNAM...MOVING EAST AT 30
MPH. IN ADDITION...THERE ARE SOME SIGNS OF ROTATION NEAR
BURRILLVILLE RHODE ISLAND. WHILE ITS NOT IMMINENT...THERE IS A LOW
RISK OF A TORNADO DEVELOPING.
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Quoting hydrus:
How does a blogger find out if he or she gets a minus.?


only ADMIN can tell you that I believe..I have looked on my personal profile and I dont see that option..
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 493
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
100 PM CDT WED JUL 18 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

NORTHEAST AND EAST-CENTRAL IOWA
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
FAR NORTHWEST INDIANA
FAR SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA
SOUTHERN WISCONSIN
LAKE MICHIGAN

EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 100 PM UNTIL
800 PM CDT.

HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70
MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 70
STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF ROCHESTER MINNESOTA TO 20 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF VALPARAISO
INDIANA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 490...WW 491...WW 492...

DISCUSSION...TSTMS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING INVOF STATIONARY BOUNDARY
OVER SRN MN/NRN IA ARE LIKELY BEING FORCED BY MCV NE OF SUX.
UPSCALE GROWTH OF STORMS INTO A SEWD-MOVING MCS APPEARS POSSIBLE
LATER THIS AFTERNOON. ELY INFLOW OF A VERY MOIST...
MODERATE-STRONGLY UNSTABLE AIR MASS INTO DEVELOPING CONVECTIVE
SYSTEM WILL ENHANCE UPDRAFT VIGOR WITH A RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND
LARGE HAIL. ADDITIONAL...MORE ISOLATED STORM FORMATION WILL OCCUR
SEWD ALONG SURFACE FRONT ACROSS NRN IL WITH THE STRONG INSTABILITY
PROMOTING STRONG UP/DOWNDRAFTS CAPABLE OF DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL.

AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
MOTION VECTOR 31025.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I thought you were a teenager.Lol.


And I'm Rita and female....
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The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August

Why is the heartland of the United States experiencing such a horrific drought right now? At the moment, approximately 61 percent of the entire nation is experiencing drought conditions, and this is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the country. Less than two weeks ago I wrote an article asking what would happen if these drought conditions persisted, and now we are finding out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history. The USDA has declared 1,016 counties in 26 U.S. states to be disaster areas. The USDA declaration basically covered about half of the nation, and there is now no denying how horrible this drought really is. You can see a map of this disaster area right here. This endless drought is being compared to the nightmarish drought of 1988, and if it persists into August it could become perhaps the worst drought that America has ever seen. The USDA says that approximately 60 percent of all corn in the country is experiencing "moderate to extreme" drought conditions. If this drought does not end soon, the losses are going to be mind blowing. Already, it is estimated that farmers and ranchers have suffered billions of dollars in damage. How much worse can things get?

At the beginning of July many were hoping that we would soon see some rain and that we could still see a decent corn harvest.

Unfortunately, the drought has gotten even worse since that time. The following is from an article in the Chicago Tribune....

The whole of Iowa was classified as abnormally dry as of July 10 and 12.7 percent of the top corn and soybean producing state was in severe drought, up from 0.8 percent the prior week.

Harder-hit Illinois, the No. 2 corn and soy state, was 66.28 percent under severe drought or worse, up from 40 percent the previous week.

Severe to exceptional drought covered 80.15 percent of Indiana, versus 68.84 percent the prior week.

Conditions in Missouri also deteriorated, with 82.54 percent of the state in severe drought or worse, compared with 78.83 percent the week before.


That is not good news.

Posted below is the latest update from the U.S. drought monitor. As you can see, nearly the entire southern half of the country is extremely dry right now....


It is being projected that in some of the major corn growing areas as much as 60 percent of the crops could be lost.

Many farmers that had been desperately hoping for rain are now becoming resigned to the fact that their crops are not going to make it. The following is from an article in the New York Times....

"Corn is anywhere from knee-high to waist-high," Gonzalee Martin, agriculture and natural resources educator with Purdue University’s Allen County extension office, told The News-Sentinel. "Much of it has already tassled with no ears at all. Much of it’s going to be completely lost"

When your livelihood depends on the weather, an endless drought can be extremely stressful. Many farmers that had been anticipating a bumper crop this year are now faced with an utter disaster. The following example comes from CNN....

Now, as punishing drought grips the Midwest, Villwock, 61, walks his hard-hit 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana in utter dismay.

Where there should have been tall, dark green, leafy plants, there now stand corn stalks that are waist high or, at best, chest high. They are pale in color and spindly. Fragile. Tired.

Pull back an ear's husk and you find no kernels, he says. With temperatures rising above 95 degrees, the pollen starts to die.

"It's emotionally draining," he said. "The crop got out of the ground very well. We were so optimistic. But maybe a few of us were counting our eggs before they were hatched."


So is there any hope that things are going to turn around?

Unfortunately, things do not look promising right now. It is being projected that the Corn Belt will experience extremely high temperatures and very low rainfall all the way through mid-August. The following report comes from accuweather.com....

AccuWeather.com agricultural meteorologists are concerned that new and frequent waves of near-100-degree temperatures and stingy rainfall will further stress crops over Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska into mid-August.

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Quoting VR46L:


Thank you !! I dont live in the US, but I always thought a website based in the United States, would have more leniency. Goes to show what I know!!


Depends on who is Admin for the day..
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530. wxmod
Quoting Minnemike:
i would use your argument to support mine, such that our innate sensibilities require a specific bandwidth of order rendering non-recognizable patterns as 'chaotic'. i suggest that the universal fabric is a pattern, whether recognizable by our senses or not. big fan of fractal cognition here ;)

Interesting. Definitely a possibility.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I thought you were a teenager.Lol.


not everyone here is young.
You tryna be the motherly figure on the blog or something?
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Quoting Neapolitan:
I think that boat has sailed:

hot

...and it's no cooler up north:

hot

At least the dewpoints are pretty low, that's keeping the heat index values manageable.

Well, manageable if you lived in Texas I suppose...
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Quoting MississippiWx:
On another note, I just realized that my handle's 6th birthday was 3 days ago. Whoops...


i missed passing 3000 comments, last i remember was 2980 and now im up in the 3070s.
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Lol...Chick, the only thing I'm underage for is social security. I'm nearly 25.
I thought you were a teenager.Lol.
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Quoting MississippiWx:
On another note, I just realized that my handle's 6th birthday was 3 days ago. Whoops...

You do realize thats 2195 comments a year,
2.85 comments a day, every day. Or roughly 1 comment every 8 hours of everyday for 6 years.
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Quoting MississippiWx:
On another note, I just realized that my handle's 6th birthday was 3 days ago. Whoops...

What is your handle's age in blog years?
:)
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yay!.And your under aged so I'll be getting arrested.


Lol...Chick, the only thing I'm underage for is social security. I'm nearly 25.
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Yay!.And your under aged so I'll be getting arrested.
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On another note, I just realized that my handle's 6th birthday was 3 days ago. Whoops...
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I would just like to announce that Washingtonian and I have kissed and made up (virtually). We just had a little misunderstanding. Now, we are getting married.

...Just kidding. Her husband might not think too highly of that decision. :-)
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Marrakesh Express

(T-68)
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Craaazy the atmosphere is worked over, but there must be an ULL nearby causing the huge shield of rain out in the Gulf:

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Quoting washingtonian115:
We could get up to 100 today and with this heat and humidity
I think that boat has sailed:

hot

...and it's no cooler up north:

hot
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I'm sure their were at least a few other storms..Maybe nine named storms for the whole season.

I would agree. But I am thinking were not going to have the wild season some thought after the 4 early storms. I think we're going to end up with around 10-12 total storms with 4-5 more canes and 2-3 of them being majors. That due to the El Nino starting but not being as strong as some models supported.
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Quoting MrMixon:


Looks like you've 2-3 hours before that line arrives. The little white arrows indicate predicted storm motion for the next hour. I don't generally track storm formation in your area, so another line might pop up ahead of this one. It's probably safe to say you won't see storms for at least an hour, but after that it's uncertain.

Those will probably explode when they get into the I-95 corridor.We could get up to 100 today and with this heat and humidity..I'm having flashbacks of the pass few server weather events..."No power and damage"
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Thanks.
Maybe I should head to the pool tomorrow instead.
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Quoting Waltanater:
If the blog allows that then they have to allow freedom of speech for the comment itself (within reason of course).
This is the comments section of a blog, not the government. The operators of this blog can promote or remove anyone they like.
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Quoting Articuno:
could anyone estimate for me?


Looks like you've 2-3 hours before that line arrives. The little white arrows indicate predicted storm motion for the next hour. I don't generally track storm formation in your area, so I can't say for sure, but another line might pop up ahead of this one. It's probably safe to say you won't see storms for at least an hour, but after that it's uncertain.



EDIT: not sure why most of the white arrows aren't showing up, but suffice it to say this line is roughly 2-3 hours away from the Baltimore metro area.
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
151 PM AST WED JUL 18 2012

PRC011-083-093-097-125-181845-
ANASCO PR-MARICAO PR-SAN GERMAN PR-LAS MARIAS PR-MAYAGUEZ PR-
151 PM AST WED JUL 18 2012

AT 147 PM AST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR DETECTED A
STRONG THUNDERSTORM..OVER MARICAO...8 MILES EAST OF MAYAGUEZ...OR
ABOUT 6 MILES NORTH OF SAN GERMAN...MOVING WEST AT 15 MPH.

HEAVY RAINS MAY FLOOD LOW LYING AREAS SUCH AS DITCHES AND
UNDERPASSES. AVOID THESE AREAS AND DO NOT CROSS FLOODED ROADS AS THEY
MAY BE WASHED OUT. WATER LEVELS OF SMALL STREAMS AND RIVERS MAY ALSO
RISE...THEREFORE SEEK HIGHER GROUND IF THREATENED BY FLOOD WATERS.

INTENSE LIGHTNING IS REPORTED WITH THIS STORM. IF OUTDOORS...STAY
AWAY FROM ISOLATED HIGH OBJECTS SUCH AS TREES. MOVE INDOORS IF
POSSIBLE. WHEN INDOORS...STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS AND AVOID
USING TELEPHONES UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. TRY TO UNPLUG UNNECESSARY
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES BEFORE THE THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES. ALSO...
SMALL HAIL IS POSIBLE WITH THIS STRONG THUNDERSTORM.

$$

CASTRO
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Late afternoon into this evening.So between 4p.m and 9p.m

Alright. I am trusting you since your the only one who answers. xD
Thanks.
Hopefully if it does rain it is only rain.
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Quoting Articuno:
could anyone estimate for me?
never mind
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Quoting Articuno:
could anyone estimate for me?
Late afternoon into this evening.So between 4p.m and 9p.m
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