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The Utah Wildfire has grown to become the largest active fire in the U.S.

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Smoke billows from a stand of trees near Panguitch, Utah, on June 25, 2017.

Brian Head, UT - The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. Firefighters battled high winds Monday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said.

Some flames reached 100 feet high, while fire crews faced dry, windy conditions Tuesday and a "high potential" for "extreme" fire behavior, officials said late Monday. The estimated firefighting costs now top $7 million for a fire started June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds, they said. Investigators know who the culprit is, but have not yet released the person's identity or what charges will be leveled. Crews in California, meanwhile, got a handle on a brush fire that closed a freeway. Arizona firefighters had to ground aircraft due to unauthorized drones over a fire near Flagstaff.


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Arizona heat wave - planes can't take off and plastic and paint are melting

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A local temperature sign reads 120-degrees as temperatures climb to near-record highs Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Phoenix. The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 120 degrees (49 degrees Celsius), which is has only hit three times in recorded history in Phoenix, the last time 22 years ago.
Arizona is no stranger to heat waves. But even by natives' own high standards, the past week has been scorching.

The Guinness World Record for hottest temperature ever recorded is 134 degrees Fahrenheit. In Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, it's touched 119 degrees and just barely gone below 90 at any point over the past week, according to the National Weather Service.


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Snow, heat, shifting jet stream & cosmic rays twist weather

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The media is having a wondrous time reporting on the "heat" in desert areas of the USA and globally in summer, reporting that its extra hot. They overlook the snow storms in Russia this week, the out of season snowstorms in California and the ravaging early snowstorms across South America. All of this is expected and is easily explained by shifting Inter-tropical Convergence Zone air flows. It happens like clockwork with every grand solar minimum. Its happening again, but the media wont touch that with a 10 foot pole.


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Seattle hits 96 degrees, breaking heat record

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Heat records for June 25, 2017.
Sunday was a scorcher in Seattle and other cities around Puget Sound!

Summer's first weekend saw record-breaking temperatures in Seattle, which hit 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 88 degrees set in 2006.

Other cities in Western Washington also broke or tied their heat records: Olympia hit a whopping 98 degrees, breaking their record of 90 set in 2015.

Bellingham and Hoquiam tied their heat records of 83 and 82 degrees, respectively.

Further south, temperatures climbed to 92 in Tacoma and 97 in Puyallup. In the north sound, temperatures were milder in the 80s.

Relief is in sight, however, if the heat's too much for you.

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4 people die from record-breaking heat in U.S. Southwest

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A graphical forecast by the U.S. National Weather Service shows how hot it's been in the U.S. Southwest.
Four people, including a homeless person and two hikers, have died from the record-breaking heat in the U.S. Southwest, media reports said, where triple-digit temperatures have driven residents indoors and canceled airline flights.

The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The victims were identified only as a 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman.

"It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented," Dr. Michelle Jorden of the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office told the newspaper.

"Hyperthermia and heat stress happen when a body's heat-regulation system cannot handle the heat. It can happen to anyone, which is why it is so important to be in a cool location, drink plenty of water and take a cool bath or shower if you are getting too hot," Jorden said.

The extreme heat, brought on by a high-pressure system parked over the Four Corners region where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet, has boosted temperatures well above normal across much of the Southwest.

Snowflake

Summer snow falls in Russia as anomalous heat hits Siberia

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Summer snow in Murmansk, Russia on 20th June 2017.
According to newsru.com summer snow has fallen across Russia in Sochi, Kazan and Murmansk while anomalous heat has been experienced in Siberia. Earlier this month snow fell in Moscow, just as Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate deal.

This video was recorded in Murmansk on 20th June 2017.


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Snowing on June 20 in Murmansk, Russia

Heat wave? Not in Russia.

"In Moscow we have had repeated waves of cold (practically every week) since April and the social networks are full of jokes on "global warming", writes Moscow reader Alexey Parkhomenko.

"Here are the links to the news about snow in Murmansk."

MURMANSK, June 21 - RIA Novosti.

Arctic cyclone brought snow on the Kola Peninsula, the temperature dropped to +1 degrees, said Murmansky Met.


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Heatwave in France sees temperatures reach 38C (100F)


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Almost all of France (apart from the south east) is now roasting under temperatures up to 38C as heatwave alerts are extended to 66 departments.

Most of France is sizzling under scorching temperatures with 66 departments now on heatwave alert, including the entire greater Paris region of Ile-de-France, national weather agency Meteo France said.

The weather agency extended the orange alert from 16 departments to 66 on Tuesday, meaning the sweltering temperatures are now affecting vast swathes of France.

The mercury is predicted to rise to nearly 40C in the west of the country with temperatures in the southwestern seaside town of Biarritz expected to reach a whopping 38C.

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It's so hot in Phoenix, Arizona, planes can't fly

© Michael Chow/The Republic
The extreme heat forecast for Phoenix on Tuesday has caused the cancellation of 20 American Airlines flights out of Sky Harbor International Airport.

According to a statement from American Airlines, the American Eagle regional flights use the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which has a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. Tuesday's forecast for Phoenix included a high of 120 degrees, and the flights that are affected were to take off between 3 and 6 p.m. MT.

Customers affected were told to contact American Airlines for rebooking options or to request a refund.

Extreme heat affects a plane's ability to take off. Hot air is less dense than cold air, and the hotter the temperature, the more speed a plane needs to lift off. A runway might not be long enough to allow a plane to achieve the necessary extra speed.

Comment: The number of cancelled American Airlines flights has almost reached 50.


Igloo

Lowest solar activity in 200 years

Frank Bosse and Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt present their monthly solar activity report at their Die kalte Sonne site.

In May the sun was very quiet as sunspot number was a mere 18.8, which is only 36% of what is typical for the month this far into the cycle. Seven days saw no sunspot activity at all.

The following chart shows the current cycle, Solar Cycle 24 (red), compared to the mean of the previous cycles (blue) and the similarly behaving SC 5 (black).
© No Tricks Zone
It's clear that the current cycle is significantly weaker than the mean and far weaker than the cycles we saw throughout most of the warming 20th century. So far there have been a number of signs indicating that upcoming SC 25 will also be a weak one. Historically periods of weak solar activity are associated with cooler periods and altered weather patterns.

The current cycle SC 24 has been so quiet that it is in fact the weakest since SC 6, which took place close to 200 years ago.