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1 dead, 5 rescued with heat-related illness at Lake Mead

National Park Service warns of excessive heat

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — National Park Service rangers are warning about excessive heat at Lake Mead National Recreation Area after rescuing five people in the White Rock Canyon area, all showing symptoms of heat-related illness.

Another member of the group, Clawson Bowman Jr., a 69-year-old Las Vegas resident, died in the same area, but National Park Service did not specify if the death was heat-related, saying only that the Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The June 8 search and rescue operation involved a party of two adult males and four Boy Scouts. The search started about 1 p.m. Saturday after the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Interagency Communication Center received a report from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office stating four Boy Scouts were lost near the Arizona Hot Springs. Lake Mead NRA Rangers and Fire were dispatched to the area to conduct a search. Continue reading

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Summer of 2012 likely to be one of the warmest ever

Lack of soil moisture exacerbates heat waves

It’s been a hot spring and summer so far across much of the U.S.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The summer of 2012 is on pace to become the third-hottest on record since 1950, and could surge into first or second place, according to recent analysis by AccuWeather, Inc.

The private forecasting company is scrutinizing hourly and daily temperatures in 59 key cities to calculate the number of cooling-degree days, which is one way to measure summer heat across the country.

“The summer of 2012 is on pace to finish third hottest on the list of 62 summers since 1950, but is still in the running for number two or one on the list,” said Steven Root, a consulting meteorologist with AccuWeather partner WeatherBank, Inc.

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Weather: Heat shifts, Southwest eyes triple-digit highs

More than 5,000 high temperature records set in past month

U.S. swelters in summer heat.

Heat wave shifts to the West.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The central and eastern U.S. will get some relief from a record-setting heat wave this week, as a cold front drops southward, but other parts of the country will see temperatures spike.

The desert Southwest will experience triple-digit temps the next few days, with highs climbing into the 120s in Death Valley and up to 112 degrees in Las Vegas and Phoenix as high pressure shifts westward. Continue reading

Weatherblog: Western heat wave continues

Sunny skies and warm temps will prevail through the weekend.

West Slope could see record highs Tuesday;  cool-down later this week

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The early Autumn heat wave is expected to persist across the West the next few days as high pressure stays in control of the weather.

Los Angeles broiled Monday, reaching an all-time record high temperature of 113 degrees in a pattern that could fit into long-term La Niña trends of above-normal temperatures in the Southwest. The record warmth in L.A. was due to a flow of warm desert air flowing toward the coast. The previous record, 112 degrees, was set June 26, 1990. Continue reading

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