Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Las Vegas ties it's record for 117 degrees Fahrenheit

I can remember taking my wife and younger kids (two daughters) to Las Vegas to ride on things like then the STar Trek experience with live Klingons or Borgs in an amazing show ride with actors and technology they had there then in the early 2000s. But, as I drove towards Las Vegas it was 111 degrees Fahrenheit outside as I drove up  through the desert there from Southern California, I was worried about what would happen to my family in the middle of nowhere in the desert if our car accidentally broke down there? I can only imagine what people are doing today wondering if their planes are going to crash from thin hot air at 117 there in Las Vegas on top of wondering if their cars are going to make it today and if their children are all going to survive the trip in addition to themselves.

But, I can also remember traveling across Arizona and New Mexico before people had air conditioners much with the windows open with wet rags we wiped our faces with and then stuck our heads out the window to cool through evaporation with temperatures then 110 to 115 as we drove with a canvas bag filled with water for the radiator if it boiled over. When we got back to California I was usually sick for a day or two with heat headaches from these trips, especially if I had to sit in the back seat which was always hotter than the front seat then in the 1950s. Also, after a trip like that everyone's face was chapped from wetting it and sticking it out the window trying not to pass out in the heat. In the 50's people did this because no one wore seat belts then so sticking arms, heads or hands out windows was pretty normal then. Also, everyone always had their front windows open with windwings tilted for the biggest blast of air possible so you didn't pass out on hot days while driving. And heat headaches were something everyone lived with in the summer if you wanted to travel just about anywhere by car.
It was much more of an adventure then and less certain you would always survive these trips than now.
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June 21 (UPI) --Las Vegas tied its record temperature of 117 degrees while under a massive heat dome over the U.S. Southwest, meteorologists said. Dangerously …

U.S. Southwest bakes in heat dome, Las Vegas ties record

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   June 21, 2017 at 10:34 AM
John Rinehart takes a drink of water near a thermometer as the temperature hits 121 degrees in Phoenix on Tuesday. A heat wave has gripped the Southwest through the weekend. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
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June 21 (UPI) -- Las Vegas tied its record temperature of 117 degrees while under a massive heat dome over the U.S. Southwest, meteorologists said.
Dangerously high temperatures kept planes from flying in Arizona, prompted an electricity conservation alert in California and tied the record high temperature Tuesday in Las Vegas.
A "Flex Alert" issued by the California Independent System Operator asked users of air conditioners to conserve energy during the late afternoon beginning Wednesday. It noted the state's electrical grid is "under stress" and recommended that residents use fans and closed drapes to cool rooms instead of air conditioners. Electrical demand in the Cal-ISO region, which is 80 percent of the state, exceeded 44,000 megawatts on Tuesday; its record for a one-day total is 50,270 megawatts, set in 2006.
Sinking air beneath the dome of heat, coupled with low humidity, is causing temperatures to climb to 110 degrees and higher in many areas. Meteorologists regard it as a classic pre-monsoon phenomenon, indicating the heat will eventually be replaced by rain, the Weather Channel reported Tuesday. Heat alerts were issued by the National Weather Service across Arizona, western New Mexico, southern Utah, southern Nevada and portions of California.
Needles, Calif., tied its all-time official record high of 125 degrees on Tuesday. The temperature in Tucson, Ariz., was 116 degrees, one degree short of its historic record. In addition to Las Vegas, official record high temperatures were recorded in Phoenix, at 119 degrees; Yuma, Ariz., at 120 degrees; Palm Springs, Calif., at 122 degrees; Corpus Christi, Texas, at 100 degrees; Salt Lake City at 101 degrees and Denver at 99 degrees. The heat is expected to remain in the region until at least the weekend.
Dozens of flights to and from Phoenix' Sky Harbor International Airport were canceled Monday and Tuesday. Regional carrier American Eagle was particularly hard hit; its Bombardier CRJ planes can only operate in temperatures below 119 degrees. Airbus and Boeing planes have a higher tolerance for the heat, at 127 degrees and 128 degrees, respectively, to take off and land safely.
The temperature in Phoenix Wednesday is expected to reach 119 degrees. Officials have issued pleas to residents to keep pets hydrated and comfortable, and warnings of blowing dust in winds were issued throughout Arizona.

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