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.

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Quoting GTcooliebai:
Yeah I think we are getting too much rain at once. My neighborhood rarely floods and when it does it is only ankle deep at most. By the way the forecast shows lower rain chances tomorrow and Friday, but back up again on the weekend, so that will be a break that I'm sure some folks won't mind.

.............GT did you get that Ligthning early this morning?,man it was Booming here along to coastline
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after front not much of a cool down


Observed at: Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 1:00 PM EDT Wednesday 18 July 2012
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 29.95 inches
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 15 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 3

Temperature: 81.5°F
Dewpoint: 60.8°F
Humidity: 49 %
Wind: N 6 mph
Humidex: 90
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Quoting SLU:
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I think that enough to NHC put a yellow circle at the next TWO.
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402. Skyepony (Mod)
New Hampshire

Strong thunderstorms barreled across New Hampshire on Tuesday evening, knocking out power to more than 24,000 homes and businesses, including nearly 1,000 in Manchester. Manchester fire crews responded to “a bunch of trees around the city” that came down, especially in the Hackett Hill area, said District Fire Chief James Michael. “Some hit wires; some didn't.” Hooksett firefighters responded to 15 Fieldstone Drive for a reported lightning strike. “It hit a tree out in the back yard and traveled into the house,” Deputy Fire Chief deputy Mike Hoisington said. An electrical outlet got scorched, and the homeowners were checking to see if any appliances were damaged, he said. Not everyone got the heavy storms. Bedford police reported wind but no rain. Londonderry police also had no rain outside their station. In Rochester, a live power line fell on the Spaulding Turnpike, closing a section of turnpike. Northbound traffic went through the toll booth and then was U-turned back through the tolls in the opposite direction safely because a different section of the southbound turnpike was shuttered, according to Rochester fire Lt. Eric Lenzi.

The turnpike was closed for just over an hour. “We were just trying to empty the highway from a dangerous situation,” a state police dispatcher said. She doesn't believe people were charged to go through the toll again. Otherwise, the dispatcher said, “they'd be calling here screaming at me.” James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said winds topped 60 mph in some places, including Alton. “We're looking mostly for wind damage,” he said. “We've all kinds of trees down” Blame the storms on a clash of air masses. “We've got a very warm, humid air mass in place and a colder air mass coming down from Canada,” Brown said. “The two are clashing and creating these thunderstorms.” By late last night, utilities had cut the number of outages in half to more than 11,000. Farmington, Hopkinton and Rochester each had more than 1,000 customers without power. PSNH spokesman Matthew Chagnon said the outages were spread over a wide section of the state. “From what I understand, there's a lot of wires down,” he said. “There's some poles down in some cases and those can take longer because it requires different crews to come in and set the poles.”
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Quoting FireWeather161:




Well now we have our watch. I would assume a watch to the west of this one is also possible/likely.

yes there was warning for this afternoon there, maybe some bad storms later on for you guys
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St. Louis (Lambert Field) as of 11:51 CDT:

hot

Kansas City, MO as of 11:54 CDT:

hot

Washington, DC, as of 12:52 EDT:

hot

NYC as of 12:51 EDT:

hot

Cozy all over...
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Quoting 900MB:


Readings in NYC between 97 and 102 degrees! "Real Feel" 115 with a 72 degree dewpoint. Yuck!
wow i remember those days, walking on the sidewalk with no breeze at all, heat just rising up off the concrete, sweat just pouring down,in Manhattan this is a killer time for the elderly who walk just about everywhere
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398. yoboi
Quoting Tribucanes:
Truth that hasn't been said is we could come in and occupy Iran completely as opposed to bombing installations inside of mountains. A just Western coalition could overwhelmingly do it and win militarily very quickly. But as we found in Iraq, it's what comes after that military victory that counts. This path to victory would come at huge costs too. For Israel obviously. Open Cold War with China and Russia would happen then and those consequences would be unknown. So all options are bad options. Okay, I'm done with the geopolitical climate report. This ain't politics I'm talking here and I'm sure most know it. It's the current precarious state of our world. Climate wise and on the brink wise.


china would beat us with a cold war easy or any type of war because they make most of our products now...
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
all we have to do to stop iran
is get rid of everyone else's
nuclear weapons

no one has them
no one needs them

Including the U.S.

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Quoting SLU:


Future Invest 98L ?
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393. 900MB
Quoting FireWeather161:




Well now we have our watch. I would assume a watch to the west of this one is also possible/likely.



Readings in NYC between 97 and 102 degrees! "Real Feel" 115 with a 72 degree dewpoint. Yuck!
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392. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:


Once it is created in the ATCF system it is automatically generated in the Navy system. I think that HPC was testing their ability to generate and update the ATCF system (they are the NHC backup) and mistakenly generated a 90s number. They then did create an 80s number later yesterday. However 91L was recently updated this morning, but with labels identifying it as a "test".


That would make sense why we saw nothing NOAA on it last night. I thought they just had no interest as is some times the case.

Either way I suppose they needed the practice. We don't always get floaters for tests. Seen a few that were labeled test, this one is 91L. Though by the time they got it up it looked too shredded for a floater. Emilie looks way better & lost her's a day or two ago.
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and if someone is comiong after you with nuclear weapons
then you have a right to defend yourself with nuclear weapons

this is not rocket science

can you not see
the problem
is having them
in the first place
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390. flsky
Quoting divingpyrate:


It is ok to talk politics here
just have to talk the ones the forum likes

dissenting views are futile here.
And they call us brain washed.


I think the problem here is that the majority of bloggers here are science-minded.
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The gulf might get interesting in a few day. The long range GFS has another storm in the Eastern Pacific.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Where are calls to take political discussions to another forum or not to have them here?
I have no problem with the discussions, only the double standard.


It is ok to talk politics here
just have to talk the ones the forum likes

dissenting views are futile here.
And they call us brain washed.
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all we have to do to stop iran
is get rid of everyone else's
nuclear weapons

no one has them
no one needs them
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386. yoboi
Quoting Tribucanes:
Let's look at it from the perspective that if Iran gets hit or if Syria uses chemical weapons then oil soars. If Iran gets hit, the chance of oil going to 200$ or more a barrel is very possible. This could easily topple one of the big four financial faults in the Euro Zone. Talking about Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal. Domino effect worldwide would not be out of the question. Would not be a slow domino effect either I would imagine. Then it would be very difficult to respond to natural disasters as we would be broke and the world as we know it would be over. The world's ability to respond to GW events, much less turning it around; would be forever diminished for generations. It's too late at that point anyway. So the good news is there's a lot of reasons this hasn't happened yet. At the end of the day I believe we'll allow them to get the nuke because it's the least of the two evils. Hopefully. Ideally Iran would abandon their ambitions. But that ain't going to happen.



we might be beyond the point of no return with everything who really knows...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

do you always
feel the need
to talk
like this? :P
i havn't even started yet
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Well now we have our watch. I would assume a watch to the west of this one is also possible/likely.

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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:




it will be
what its meant to be
and what it will become

do you always
feel the need
to talk
like this? :P
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Quoting Skyepony:


NAVY looks like they are tracking it for the ships out there, like they do globally. For them to miss-number something hasn't been unheard of. NOAA doesn't look like they want to jump on it officially though they did put a floater on it this morning. I wonder if it has anything to do with the gfs spinning up all those lows so far north. Maybe NOAA is testing to go through the motions of following something so far north? SST anomalies have been high for months in that area..


Once it is created in the ATCF system it is automatically generated in the Navy system. I think that HPC was testing their ability to generate and update the ATCF system (they are the NHC backup) and mistakenly generated a 90s number. They then did create an 80s number later yesterday. However 91L was recently updated this morning, but with labels identifying it as a "test".
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Chaos for many is coming, and affirmation for some with that chaos.




it will be
what its meant to be
and what it will become
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Quoting SLU:




SARCASM FLAG: ON
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378. yoboi
Quoting robintampabay:



Nuke winter would put an end to Global Warming at least in the short term, however I do not think nukes will be flying anytime soon. How about a silly poll.
What happens first...

A: Cat 4-5 making a US landfall
B: Nuclear War
C: Global Stock Market Crash

Sarcasim Flag: ON



how about d all three at the same time...
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Quoting robintampabay:



Nuke winter would put an end to Global Warming at least in the short term, however I do not think nukes will be flying anytime soon. How about a silly poll.
What happens first...

A: Cat 4-5 making a US landfall
B: Nuclear War
C: Global Stock Market Crash

Sarcasim Flag: ON


C. That could happen at any time
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Quoting yoboi:


when the nukes start flying that will cause some climate change for many...



Nuke winter would put an end to Global Warming at least in the short term, however I do not think nukes will be flying anytime soon. How about a silly poll.
What happens first...

A: Cat 4-5 making a US landfall
B: Nuclear War
C: Global Stock Market Crash

Sarcasim Flag: ON
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375. yoboi
Quoting RitaEvac:
I don't know about nukes, but whatever it is you best hope you've been living within your means, because the high life and wining and dining days are about to meet it's demise.


just wait until we start paying for the drought at the dinner table and at the gas pump, also throw in the new farm bill that will kill most farmers...not looking that good..USA farmer haha they are a dying occupation....i wonder if we import more than we export????
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374. SLU
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Where are calls to take political discussions to another forum or not to have them here?
I have no problem with the discussions, only the double standard.
i like these rare moments when i completely agree with you :)
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chaos is just labeled such because a human fails to recognize the inherent order. some fine folks are working on that.. and a good deal of them are creating better weather models ;)
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This Monday, July 16, 2012 NASA image provided by the University of Delaware shows a crack in northwestern Greenland's Petermann Glacier. On Monday, July 16, 2012, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan tore off one of Greenland's largest glaciers, indicated at center. Scientists had been watching a 15-mile long crack in the floating ice shelf of the glacier for several years. On Monday NASA satellites showed it had broken completely, forming the 46 square mile iceberg. Petermann spawned an iceberg twice that size in 2010. (AP Photo/NASA, University of Delaware)





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I don't know about nukes, but whatever it is you best hope you've been living within your means, because the high life and wining and dining days are about to meet it's demise.
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368. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
Invest 91L is a test, initiated by HPC. Look at the labels on the:
SHIPS Text
Invest File
Computer Hurricane Guidance


NAVY looks like they are tracking it for the ships out there, like they do globally. For them to miss-number something hasn't been unheard of. NOAA doesn't look like they want to jump on it officially though they did put a floater on it this morning. I wonder if it has anything to do with the gfs spinning up all those lows so far north. Maybe NOAA is testing to go through the motions of following something so far north? SST anomalies have been high for months in that area..
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looks like a low is trying to head due north towards cuba and a pretty strong wave in the Central Atlantic-186 hours

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366. yoboi
Quoting RitaEvac:


This is all going to be a middle east showdown regardless. Gonna get crazy over there, 2013 looks to be a dire and turmoil situation for the globe. Pure chaos is underway and a future that does not look good for anyone. But we should of known long time ago this is all coming down the pike, but as usual everybody will be questioning how we got here....just like the wild weather


when the nukes start flying that will cause some climate change for many...
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
More forming offshore.... my neighborhood is going under. The water is now higher than it was during Debby
Yeah I think we are getting too much rain at once. My neighborhood rarely floods and when it does it is only ankle deep at most. By the way the forecast shows lower rain chances tomorrow and Friday, but back up again on the weekend, so that will be a break that I'm sure some folks won't mind.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

This is normal. In fact, wind shear is running below average in the tropical Atlantic. El Nino conditions probably won't be felt until September or later.

Meaning August could prove to be a pretty active month for the Atlantic.
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Where are calls to take political discussions to another forum or not to have them here?
I have no problem with the discussions, only the double standard.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Rita, with this now pushing critical mass for Assad, will he unleash his chemical weapon capacity on the populace? Russian handlers I'm sure are telling him he can't because it would bring immediate Western responses of overwhelming nature. But, he may now have no choice in his mind; as his regime may be in it's last week or two of survival. Will Israel wait until the election is over here to go, (if they go) or will they force Obama's hand and will we see a coalition effort on Iran before the election? Huge buildup now off the Iranian coast and lets not forget Iraq and Afghanistan border Iran and we still have military strength and capability in both. Got em' surrounded and the stakes couldn't be higher.


This is all going to be a middle east showdown regardless. Gonna get crazy over there, 2013 looks to be a dire and turmoil situation for the globe. Pure chaos is underway and a future that does not look good for anyone. But we should of known long time ago this is all coming down the pike, but as usual everybody will be questioning how we got here....just like the wild weather
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359. yoboi
Quoting BobWallace:


The word "theory" means something different in science than what it does in "common" use. "Foot" means something different when talking about shoes and when talking about sewing machines.

Non-scientists talk about unproven ideas and call them theories.

Scientists take the known facts and put them together in a way that best explains what is observed. That explanation is called a "scientific theory".

I get the feeling that scientists are moving away from using the word theory because it is so widely misunderstood. More commonly scientists are talking about models.



models might not be a good word also, models usually show a projection....
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357. wxmod
Quoting Patrap:


He's smiling..and well, you know.

“Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existance is defined in terms of control.”
― Terence McKenna





Perfect words. Ego has to fall in love with Chaos. I was walking through an old forest and that same thought hit me. Chaos is what works best for the world. It maximizes diversity.
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Quoting MahFL:


I thought tests were supposed to be in the 80's not 90's.


True, I think it was a mistake by HPC yesterday. HPC also created Invest 82L yesterday, which had the same lat/lon at 91L.
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355. yoboi
Quoting FireWeather161:


Sadly, its far more than debate about the science that determines actions taken (or not taken)on this issue. Politics and Money, which should likely be joined into a single word, will determine when, what, and if significant efforts are made to address climate change. As long as there is money to be made by the use of fossil fuels and the money that is made by those fossil fuels and related activities is directed to politicians and their parties-- then this issue will remain "Questionable science" and no major efforts will be undertaken at the scale required to effectively deal with it in whatever way we can at this point.

Change of the sort required to deal with this issue (as with any massive organizational change) will unfortunately require some type of major (probably life altering) event that tips the economic scales from money to be made on the side of the old way to-- money to be made and many lives to be saved on the side of dealing with the problem.

Sadly, climate science works (in human terms) slowly- and by the time these major events have occurred, the results will be nearly impossible to overcome. In short-- the idea of it being a theory (and the efforts to debunk it) will not be proven wrong until the offices of the Oil/Gas/Coal lobbyists are long underwater in DC. And then, they will probably still claim with their last gurgling breaths: "its just a theory" (Think the knight in Monty Ponty... Its just a scratch!!")




there is also money to be made in green energy....i understand both sides of the fence and both have good and bad talking points...
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