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July 22, 2005

Record heat in Wyoming, flights cancelled in due to heat

From the Associated Press:
Casper tied its highest temperature ever with a reading of 104 degrees on Saturday, a day that saw records broken across much of central Wyoming.

The National Weather Service reported that seven stations in central Wyoming broke their July 16 record-high readings: Greybull (105 degrees, previously 102), Casper (104, previously 100), Riverton Airport, (101, previously 100), downtown Riverton (101, previously 99), Lander (100, previously 98), Rock Springs (95, previously 94) and Big Piney (90, previously 88).


If you thought that you'd seen it all, airlines are actually having to cancel or scale back flights due to the heat. From Bloomberg:
Airlines canceled flights or lightened passenger loads because the hot air wasn't dense enough to support takeoff. UAL Corp.'s United Airlines canceled seven flights in Denver yesterday because of the heat, spokesman Jeff Green said.

``It's rare that we have to take these types of cancellations out of our Denver hub,'' Green said. Flights affected were on smaller aircraft flying into mountain towns, he said.

Mesa Air Group Inc., which flies regional jets as America West Express out of Las Vegas, canceled 11 flights from that city each day on July 18 and 19, spokeswoman Linda Larsen said.

At high temperatures, ``the air entering the engine becomes less dense, so the engine must intake a larger volume of air to attain the same output,'' Larsen said. At certain temperatures and altitudes aircraft can get beyond their operating capabilities, requiring less weight or cancellation, she said.

Oh, and for those of you who are hoping the end is in sight, check out the graphic below from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Yes, all the red means its going to be hot for a while. God bless SUV's and global warming.
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