The June Heat-Wave of the American South West

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A heat map of the American south west, including California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. The map indicates where the temperature at a given location is above or below historical average.
An image of the American south west taken by MODIS aboard NASA' Aqua Earth observing satellite (image credit: NASA Earth Observatory).

In June 2017, the American south west experienced some of the hottest temperatures felt in a long time. It was hot enough to ground air planes, and even caused some deaths. NASA's Aqua satellite measured the temperature on the surface of the Earth during the heat wave, and here is some of the results.

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The June Heat-Wave of the American South West
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