In late June 2013, an intense heat wave struck the Southwestern
United States. Various places in Southern California reached up to 122 °F.
On June 30, Death Valley, California hit 129.2 °F, which is the hottest
temperature ever recorded on Earth during the month of June. It was five
degrees shy of the highest temperature recorded in Death Valley, which was 134
°F, recorded in July 1913.
Colorado Flooding: After days of heavy rain, massive flooding
stranded hundreds of residents in Colorado. Colorado's heavily populated Front
Range received more than 15 inches of rain in September. That's about half the
amount of precipitation that normally falls in the foothills near Boulder
during an entire year. Floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado
Rockies, spilling normally scenic mountain rivers and creeks over their banks
and forcing thousands more evacuations in water-logged communities beset by
days of steady rain. The relentless rush of water from higher ground turned
whole towns into muddy swamps and threatened to strand hikers and some rural
residents. In at least one community, pressure from the descending water caused
sewer grates to erupt into huge black geysers.
Hurricane Season Review: From June-August 2013, the Atlantic
Hurricane Season was quiet, but its starting to heat up in September. Stay