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.


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705. maxcrc
8:02 PM GMT on July 22, 2012
Actually Agadir former AP in Aug 1940 value was 51.8C as original observations report, although in many references is wrongly reported as 51.7C or either 50.8C.
The chergui events show pretty much a difference between nil to 2C between Tadourant and Agadir AP, so 6C is highely unlikely and it would mean 3C every 100m of descending, 300% more than the usual median gradient during a downslope wind event. Very unlikely.
Note Marrakesch record was recorded with the highest isotherm ever recorded in Morocco: 33C at 850hpa.
This is the most reliable national record for Morocco, except Western Sahara (disputed territory) which recorded 50.7C at Semara in July 1961, the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Africa.
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704. Skyepony (Mod)
10:53 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
LBAR just gets more fantastic with each run of Fabio..
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703. PensacolaDoug
10:19 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
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702. ScottLincoln
10:05 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
I'm so glad that we are wasting our time arguing over a few pictures which amount to nothing more than anecdotes. Even if the metadata for the pictures is correct, anecdotes are one of the weakest forms of scientific evidence. To believe that one picture tells the whole tale while we have much more objective data that provides more data (both in aerial coverage and time coverage) seems a bit silly.

These pictures of the Skate in/near/around/under the North Pole are not new, they have been argued to the point of making anyone's head spin. They still are not providing any new data to solving the puzzle, and they certainly are not indicating anything to the extent that some would like them to indicate.
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701. Barefootontherocks
9:47 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting mati:


A sub can surface throuth 25 FEET of ice.

Link

You have also assumed that I believe in AGW, without any evidence in my posts..
I believe we are getting off topic.
over and out
The "evidence" is in your demeaning behavior toward other bloggers. Oh, and I'd like to see a study about that claim, especially one from 1959.

(T-64)
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700. hydrus
9:41 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Mobile Bay and surrounding area getting heavy thunderstorms.
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699. Xyrus2000
9:40 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting beell:



From the link in the original post. Who knows. Open water at the N Pole is not an unheard of event. That's all. To pin this on AGW does not help the cause...

The Pentagon gave few details about the subs' mission, saying only that the three attack submarines linked up and surfaced at the geographic North Pole on May 6.


Only if they broke through the ice in order to do so (which they occasionally do).

Satellite records of the arctic go back to 1979, and I can assure with very high confidence that there was no open water at the north pole on May 6 of 1986, let alone any year from 1979 to the present.

If you don't believe me, see for yourself:



May 6th is missing, but here is May 7th:



That is rock solid 100% sea ice coverage at the north pole.

And if you want to to pick and choose dates for comparisons, the Cryosphere Today website is just one of several excellent sources tracking sea ice areas, extents, and volumes: Link

So your claim is factually incorrect. There was no open water at the north pole on May 6th. In fact, there was no open water at the north pole at all for the whole year. Here is the image from September 16, 1986 , the minimum for that year.



As you can see, the pole is still well entrenched in 100% ice.

And yes, global warming is causing the ice loss. Unless you are proposing that increased global temperatures and the rapid decline in ice volume are not linked by anything other than coincidence. And if you are making that claim, I would be most interested in your physical model that can demonstrate how that could be the case.
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698. kmanislander
9:33 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting Bluestorm5:
TBH, I don't think that wave in Atlatic will develops... high pressure is still stuck in the same place.


It may or may not develop but if not the high will not be the cause of that. There is no easterly shear from the high which is centered off to the N and thus producing an even flow straight to the West.



Here is the steering for a 1000 to 1010 mb low which does not show overly fast East to West trades near 12 N, the approx. latitude of the feature. The pressure with the wave low is 1014 mbs




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697. Grothar
9:30 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
I think this picture verifies where the submarines were if you look closely. Picture was classified, but what the heck.

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696. Tropicsweatherpr
9:27 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Iran and israel going at it again.

2steps forward, 1 step back.

There are so many avenues for the world to run down a very bad path right now, which one will we pick first.

But on a weather note, tstorms in C Ga yesterday and look to be more today. Should help the farmers some


But you didn't tell what occured between those two.
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695. GTcooliebai
9:27 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
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694. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
9:26 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting beell:


Possibly, you have failed to understand my veiled point. Open water IN and AROUND the N Pole is not new. Does not matter a whit to me if the picture was taken at 90.00000�N or 89.14756�N, or if it was in May or June. I hold no bias on what or who is causing a warming planet. Just that it is. Those are my own thoughts. I have others if you don't like that one...

However, it was only meant as a note of caution to those that have strong feelings on the AGW issue to use a small amount of discretion in selecting issues that reveal their bias. On both sides of the issue.



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693. ncstorm
9:26 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
TAFB at 18z Surface Analysis adds a weak low to wave in Atlantic.



components are coming together..
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692. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:25 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
691. washingtonian115
9:25 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting kmanislander:


If it fires up tonight I am sure they will.
It's in a low shear environment right now. I hope it persist so we can have something to track.
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690. GeorgiaStormz
9:23 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Iran and israel going at it again.

2steps forward, 1 step back.

There are so many avenues for the world to run down a very bad path right now, which one will we pick first.

But on a weather note, tstorms in C Ga yesterday and look to be more today. Should help the farmers some
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689. mati
9:23 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
mati,
Your point being the ice is thicker at the N Pole than in the three subs' photo? The ships did surface if we are to believe the U.S. Navy and beell's news article from the L.A. Times.

This Photo from your link was taken, apparently, at the North Pole and captioned "Crewmen from the nuclear-powered attack submarine Billfish (SSN-676) chop a hole through ice covering the bow of the ship while it is surfaced at the North Pole. The sail-mounted diving planes are in the vertical position for breaking through the ice on 30 Mar 1987."


image credit: Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-06187, by PH1 Chuck Mussi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.

From beell's link, a UPI news story:
The Pentagon gave few details about the subs' mission, saying only that the three attack submarines linked up and surfaced at the geographic North Pole on May 6. (Hmmm. Photos were Marchof '87?)

From your same source, captioned "On 17 March 1959, Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole to commit the ashes of the famed explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins to the Arctic waste."


image credit: Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # NPC 1149126 courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.

Fact is... if we are to believe news reports and the U. S Navy, neither photo depicts open water but both depict ice thin enough to be broken by a submarine rising through it. As long ago as 1959.

Please excuse me, bl, I see you have responded. Took me a little while to put this together, in between eating ice cream, so I'm going to post this anyway for anyone who'd like to see.

And mati, don't go picking on me or I'll have to waste another comment (explanation in my Boomer blog) by posting the same rant I posted the other night. I know the globe is warming. If you stick around, you'll discover some folks around here are neither stupid nor deceitful.

(T-65)


A sub can surface throuth 25 FEET of ice.

Link

You have also assumed that I believe in AGW, without any evidence in my posts..
I believe we are getting off topic.
over and out
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688. stoormfury
9:23 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
best tropical wave so far this season. The catl wave is ib a good shear environment , and has an anticyclone just to its north. the next 48 hrs should be very crucial to the development of that wave
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687. washingtonian115
9:22 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Hey Gro.
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686. Bluestorm5
9:22 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
TBH, I don't think that wave in Atlatic will develops... high pressure is still stuck in the same place.
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685. GeorgiaStormz
9:21 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:


It's a meme...

If You Know What I Mean Meme


i know that.
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684. kmanislander
9:20 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting Grothar:


peep


Thanks. I needed that. LOL
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683. kmanislander
9:20 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting washingtonian115:
Hey K-man.The NHC should look into this.


If it fires up tonight I am sure they will.
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682. beell
9:20 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting mati:


*Sigh* IT DoES nOT say thAt this picture was TAken at the NORTH POLE. Please read carefully. Werry Werrry carefully. I will give you a test on comprehension afterwards.


Possibly, you have failed to understand my veiled point. Open water IN and AROUND the N Pole is not new. Does not matter a whit to me if the picture was taken at 90.00000°N or 89.14756°N, or if it was in May or June. I hold no bias on what or who is causing a warming planet. Just that it is. Those are my own thoughts. I have others if you don't like that one...

However, the original post was only meant as a note of caution to those that have strong feelings on the AGW issue to use a small amount of discretion in selecting issues that reveal their bias. On both sides of the issue.

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681. Grothar
9:19 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting kmanislander:


Hi there. I posted that a few hours ago but didn't get a peep out of anyone !.

Very nice structure to that low. If it had enough deep convection to go with it we would probably have a TD now.


peep
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680. washingtonian115
9:19 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting kmanislander:


Hi there. I posted that a few hours ago but didn't get a peep out of anyone !.

Very nice structure to that low. If it had enough deep convection to go with it we would probably have a TD now.
Hey K-man.The NHC should look into this.
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679. WxGeekVA
9:18 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


the look of the guy in the pic


It's a meme...

If You Know What I Mean Meme
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678. TheOnlyBravesFan
9:17 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Would have pics to show, but we went to Noblis today, so that meant no one had cameras or phones. We saw some mammatus and possibly a wall cloud. We did see a storm flank and hail core.
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677. redwagon
9:17 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
..sha,sha, sha, shakin'..


She was moving up and down, round and round and round, shakin
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676. dabirds
9:17 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Don't joke about that...
Gotta agree, erased several responses earlier.

101 and humid, worse than early July, only high 50 dew points then. Hope we get good rain tonight/tommorrow - too late for a lot of the corn, might save some beans.
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675. kmanislander
9:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting stormpetrol:
I think the wave around 12N/34W should get a yellow circle at 8pm, it already has a closed low from the Oscat pass at least from what I can tell !


Hi there. I posted that a few hours ago but didn't get a peep out of anyone !.

Very nice structure to that low. If it had enough deep convection to go with it we would probably have a TD now.
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674. GeorgiaStormz
9:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Don't joke about that...


k, sorry
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673. PedleyCA
9:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012


This is supposed to be the 2nd time a sub surfaced at the North Pole. The article says it did it a year before.

Sub at North Pole
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672. mati
9:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


What in the world... every article and the pentagon say the subs surfaced at the geographic North Pole... Is your skull too thick to comprehend that?


I'm sorry you cannot follow my posts. I never ever ever ever ever ever ever said they did not. I'm sorry I cannot explain myself properly to you. So sorry.

The subs DID surface at the north pole and I posted a picture showing the beautiful iCe that is present there.

My claim, backed up with evidence is that the picture of the 3 subs in open water was NOT taken AT THE NORTH POLE.

Pictures shown AT THE NORTH POLE explicitly state that the picture IS AT THE NORTH POLe.


is that clear?
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671. GeorgiaStormz
9:15 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting TheOnlyBravesFan:
severe t'storms around D.C.



water in your room,
water everywhere!!!!
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670. trHUrrIXC5MMX
9:14 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
HUGE 929 MB STORM SOUTH OF AUSTRALIA
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669. Barefootontherocks
9:14 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
mati,
Your point being the ice is thicker at the N Pole than in the three subs' photo? The ships did surface (at the N Pole) if we are to believe the U.S. Navy and beell's news article from the L.A. Times.

This Photo from your link was taken, apparently, at the North Pole and captioned "Crewmen from the nuclear-powered attack submarine Billfish (SSN-676) chop a hole through ice covering the bow of the ship while it is surfaced at the North Pole. The sail-mounted diving planes are in the vertical position for breaking through the ice on 30 Mar 1987."



image credit: Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-87-06187, by PH1 Chuck Mussi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.

From beell's link, a UPI news story:
The Pentagon gave few details about the subs' mission, saying only that the three attack submarines linked up and surfaced at the geographic North Pole on May 6. (Hmmm. Photos were March of '87?)

From your same source, captioned "On 17 March 1959, Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole to commit the ashes of the famed explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins to the Arctic waste."


image credit: Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # NPC 1149126 courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.

Fact is... if we are to believe news reports and the U.S. Navy, neither photo depicts open water but both depict ice thin enough to be broken by a submarine rising through it. As long ago as 1959. (bold added)

Please excuse me, bl, I see you have responded. Took me a little while to put this together, in between eating ice cream, so I'm going to post this anyway for anyone who'd like to see.

And mati, don't go picking on me or I'll have to waste another comment (explanation in my Boomer blog) by posting the same rant I posted the other night. I know the globe is warming. If you stick around, you'll discover some folks around here are neither stupid nor deceitful.

(T-65)

Add: Just saw this.
Quoting mati:


*Sigh* IT DoES nOT say thAt this picture was TAken at the NORTH POLE. Please read carefully. Werry Werrry carefully. I will give you a test on comprehension afterwards.
LOL. You got no idea... LMAO
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668. TheOnlyBravesFan
9:13 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
severe t'storms around D.C.

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667. washingtonian115
9:13 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Wave out in the Atlantic has a closed low and and nice convection.
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666. VAbeachhurricanes
9:12 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


dude thats kida sick.
sandusky-ish.


Don't joke about that...
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665. Patrap
9:11 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
..sha,sha, sha, shakin'..

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664. washingtonian115
9:10 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting Doppler22:
\
No not quite... I live in Southern York County, PA in a town called Stewartstown. Which is very close to the Mason Dixon Line.
The wind isn't blowing hard.Just some rumbles of thunder and some drizzle.
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663. GeorgiaStormz
9:08 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:


? what's sanduskyish about it lol we're the same age


the look of the guy in the pic
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662. redwagon
9:08 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah

That reminds me of Eddie Money's 'Shakin'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA1wDgPZCDA
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661. WxGeekVA
9:07 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


dude thats kida sick.
sandusky-ish.


? what's sanduskyish about it lol we're the same age
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660. VAbeachhurricanes
9:06 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting mati:


*Sigh* IT DoES nOT say thAt this picture was TAken at the NORTH POLE. Please read carefully. Werry Werrry carefully. I will give you a test on comprehension afterwards.


What in the world... every article and the pentagon say the subs surfaced at the geographic North Pole... Is your skull too thick to comprehend that?
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659. GeorgiaStormz
9:06 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
What lightning did to a Greystone golf club course in AL this morning:



wonder if i could hire a few bolts to aerate my lawn...
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658. Tropicsweatherpr
9:04 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
TAFB at 18z Surface Analysis adds a weak low to wave in Atlantic.

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657. stormpetrol
9:02 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
I think the wave around 12N/34W should get a yellow circle at 8pm, it already has a closed low from the Oscat pass at least from what I can tell !
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656. Articuno
9:01 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
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655. Doppler22
9:00 PM GMT on July 18, 2012
Quoting washingtonian115:
Yeah I'm still getting a few rumbles of thunder.But the worst is over...Hey you live in Maryland?
\
No not quite... I live in Southern York County, PA in a town called Stewartstown. Which is very close to the Mason Dixon Line.
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