Much of U.S. Like Death Valley

The average high temperatures for Death Valley, CA, are:

  • June: 109°
  • July: 115°
  • August: 113°
  • September: 105°

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Dangerous heat and humidity continue

Kevin Roth, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

July 19, 2011

  • The life-threatening combination of very hot temperatures and extreme humidity levels continues across the Plains, Mississippi Valley and Midwest.
  • High temperatures should reach the 90s to near 105 degrees this afternoon with the hottest readings in southwest Kansas.
  • Heat indices (combining the air temperature with the relative humidity) should be in a 100 to 125 degree range.

In Missouri, the oppressive heat is already being blamed for 9 suspected heat-related deaths in the Kansas City area, and has sicken more than 130 in St. Louis this weekend alone. Mayor Francis Slay walked door-to-door in the 4400 block of 39th Street on the South side Sunday telling residents to protect themselves and their neighbors. “This is an excellent time to be a good neighbor. Make sure everyone, especially children, seniors, and pets are keeping cool. If you know of individual who has an air conditioner but you cannot hear it running, please encourage them to turn it on.”

In Texas, wildlife are abandoning their young because of the extreme heat and prolonged drought.

Pregnant does are having problems carrying fawns to term, and most of them born prematurely aren’t surviving. Other does are abandoning their newborns because drought-induced malnutrition has robbed them of their ability to produce milk.

Song birds and birds of prey also are suffering in the drought. They are abandoning the nest and abandoning the young because they are unable to feed themselves to fly and get food to feed the young.

Have mercy on us, God !


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I don’ don’t understand. It gets hot every summer. And yeah being careful when it is really hot is a good thing. But I don’t appreciate the scare mongering among the so called intelligensia


This is not good news…my mom lives in Tucson and does errands early so to be home by 10 am to stay inside all day.

While the rest of the country fries, here in Seattle we’ve had on 78 minutes of temperatures over 80 this year…