WESTERN HEAT: Death Valley Hits 128-Degrees, Palm Springs, Salt Lake Tie All-Time Record

Written by on June 22, 2021 in United States of America with 0 Comments

Severe drought and an exceptionally strong high over the Four corners has led to all-time record challenging heat from South California and Arizona up to Montana.

The magic 600dam level was achieved at 500mb maximizing the atmosphere’s heating ability.

Credit: Weatherbell

Credit: Wxbell

As is often the case, Death Valley, CA took centre stage of the heat wave when on June 17 it reached 128 degrees. This fell just 1F short of the all-time June record but wiped out it’s previous daily record of 122 set back in 1917.

Following the blistering 128 high at Furnace Creek, the overnight minimum at the CRN station at Stovepipe Wells fell to only 105 degrees which marked the warmest June night on record for North America.

Palm Springs, CA hit 123 degrees, tying it’s all-time record previously set in 1993 and twice in 1995.

Phoenix, AZ may not have approached it’s all-time record of 122 degrees set in 1990 (highest was 118) or warmest June night (did get within 1 degree), however it has observed a record 5 consecutive days at or above 115 degrees.

Las Vegas, NV approached it’s all-time record of 117 degrees but fell short by 1 degree with a high of 116.

After receiving it’s earliest 100-degree day in May, Salt Lake City topped 107 degrees, tying it’s all-time record.

In the mountains of Southern California, Idyllwild set a new all-time record with 104 degrees.

Grand Junction, CO tied it’s June record.

Billings, MT reached 105 degrees saw their earliest such reading and a tie for the June record. Helena, MT topped 104 degrees which set a new June record.

Omaha, NE recorded it’s hottest June day in 68 years with a maximum of 105.

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