In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hottest Rain Ever Recorded on Planet Earth - Needles, California, August 13, 2012

Earlier this year, Mecca, Saudi Arabia tied a record for hottest rainfall ever recorded. On June 5, rain began to fall in that city that was 109 degrees F - the same as the outside air temperature. This tied a record from Morocco in June, 2010. It is unusual for rain to be so hot because hot temperatures usually require high pressure which precludes rain. But this record was not to stand for very long. You can read about this event and its making here at Jeff Master's blog.

Just 2 months and one week later, the record in Morocco and Saudi Arabia was shattered by Needles, California when rain fell on August 13 that was 115 degrees F. The air temperature at the time in Needles was 118 degrees F, tying the record for that date. Most of the rain evaporated and just a trace was recorded. But it shows that extreme weather events are happening. You can read about this event here, again at Jeff Master's blog site.

The weather just keeps getting more interesting all of the time!

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