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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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.