Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 21, 2012: Heat Wave Continues in the Heartland

The Summer of 2012 has been dominated by excessive and persistence heat across much of the U.S.  The only area that has escaped this heat wave is the Pacific Northwest.  Temperatures in the 90's F have reached up into the Canadian Prairie Provinces and Toronto, Canada on the north shore of Lake Ontario hit 100F last week.  The heat wave periodically shrinks in size bringing relief to places like the Great Lakes region and the East Coast of the U.S. but not here in the heartland and especially Nebraska.

The map shows the high (max) temperatures for Saturday, July 21, 2012.  Note the map has a date on it of "For 12 Hours Ending 00Z, Sunday, July 22, 2012.  "Z" time is the same as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) which is 5 hours later than CDST and 6 hours later than CST).  Therefore 00Z, July 22 is 7pm Saturday, July 21 in the CDST zone.

Note that the core of the heat yesterday was centered over Nebraska with a reading of 111F in Valentine, NE.

No relief is in sight as we experience one of the most miserable summer in recent history in Nebraska.

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