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Tuesday - August 4, 2015

Good Morning All,

Here is today's Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service:

Elevated fire weather conditions persist on Tuesday- The risk for wildfires
is elevated on Tuesday in portions of the Northwest. The combination of
warm, windy and dry conditions will cause any fire that develops to
potentially spread rapidly. These conditions are expected to persist through
Tuesday evening. Numerous Red Flag Warnings have been issued. 

News and Comments:

Searing 164-Degree Temps In Iran As 'Heat Dome' Traps Middle East
Published August 03, 2015 | FoxNews.com

The Middle East is trapped under a brutal "heat dome" that has brought
apocalyptic weather and a heat index that makes it feel like 164 degrees in
one Iranian city.

For more than a week, Iran and Iraq have endured scorching temperatures,
prompting Baghdad to declare a four-day "heat holiday" and leaving the
Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr dangerously close to breaking the all-time
record with a heat index of 164 degrees on Friday.

"That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever
seen and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world,"
AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani told the New York Post.

The heat index, which takes into account actual temperature as well as
humidity, is often referred to as the "feels-like" or "real feel"
temperature. The index for Bandar Mahshahr, a city of 100,000 people in the
Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran, fell mercifully shy of the record
high from July 8, 2003, when the heat index was recorded at 178 degrees in
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

In Iraq, temperatures exceed 120 degrees for the eighth straight day, which
led to the mandated holiday.

The hellish weather is likely due to what is known as a "heat dome," a type
of high-pressure ridge that develops in the upper atmosphere, causing air
below it to sink while sending the mercury soaring.

The current heat wave is just the latest hot weather event that has broiled
the region.

In June, Pakistan was in the clutches of its own heat wave, which left more
than 600 dead in a span of just three days, with most deaths coming in the
city of Karachi.

Temperatures had reached 113 degrees leaving hours-long power outages in the
city, leaving fans and air conditioners inoperable and causing many to
suffer heatstroke.

Earlier in the year, India suffered a massive five-week heat wave from
mid-April to the end of May which left 230 people dead.

Iran and Iraq are not likely to see much relief this week as the heat dome
hangs over the region.

"Believe it or not, it is always very humid in these places surrounding the
Persian Gulf during the summer, but the nature of the extreme heat wave is
causing some of the highest combinations of heat and humidity ever
observed," Sagliani said, according to Accuweather.com. "Right now, it
appears as though the ridge of high pressure will remain in place across the
Middle East through at least the next week, so more oppressive heat and
humidity, and more astounding apparent temperatures, are likely through the
next several days."

Closing Thoughts:

Self-trust is the first secret of success." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
essayist, lecturer and poet

That's it for today,


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