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Old 08-05-2009, 08:27 PM
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Default Sticking at 90: Another hot night in store

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One night of record-setting heat might be followed with another.
In response to the potential for a second straight morning where temperatures fail to fall below 90 degrees, the National Weather Service has extended an excessive heat warning for the Valley through 6 p.m. Thursday. This will be the sixth straight day such a caution has been in effect.
Wednesday’s official low for the Phoenix area dropped to only 95. This crushes the previous mark for the day’s warmest minimum temperature; 90 degrees was recorded on Aug. 5, 1998 and 1994.
Also, the reading comes one degree shy of the Valley’s all-time high minimum, set on July 15, 2003. Lows of 95 were recorded on Aug. 1, 2008, July 22, 2006 and Aug. 12, 2003.
Hours later, the high for Wednesday reached 113 — again just a degree short of a record.
The forecast low for Thursday morning is 91 degrees, which would be two degrees above the previous record for the day.
What can make a morning’s low so high is a layer of clouds over the Valley, such as the remnants of thunderstorms that blew up Tuesday night in the high country to the east. These clouds acted like an insulating blanket, preventing the heat that accumulated during the day from escaping into the atmosphere.
With monsoon activity already firing near Roosevelt Lake and in the mountains of southeast Pinal County as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, there is the possibility for a Thursday morning repeat of the cloud cover.
In response to the heat, the Salvation Army has opened hydration stations across the Valley, where people with no air conditioning or shelter can come for chilled bottled water, hats and safety information.
The East Valley hydration station is located at the Chandler Corps: 85 E. Saragosa St. Water also will be available at the Mesa Corps: 55 W. Hoover; and Mesa Citadel: 241 E. Sixth St.
This is the 15th day of 2009 when the Salvation Army hydration stations have been opened.
Anyone wishing to donate bottled water can do so at 2707 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. Further information is available at (602) 267-4170.
On Friday, the Weather Service said, a cool-down to seasonal temperatures begins as a low-pressure system passes Arizona to the north. This system also will sweep away monsoon moisture, and the drier conditions will help keep down the heat, especially overnight.
Over the weekend, highs may not reach the seasonal norm of 105 degrees, and overnight lows will fall into the upper 70s.
But by early next week, temperatures will start creeping higher as high pressure returns to the region.
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:07 AM
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Impressive temperatures Mark...

90°F even the night...

Difficult to sleep in good conditions without air cooling...

You should move to Grand Canyon for the rest of the summer Mark...
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:48 AM
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:49 AM
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Even closer to our camping spot.

Pine, AZ is only a few miles from the turnoff.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:29 AM
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Nice and wild place Mark...

Bring us back a max of pics with your "Canon shotgun" young man...
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:41 AM
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Hwy 87N past Payson, Strawberry, Pine...

The turnoff is FR300, and is marked.
Lat N34 27' 19" Long W111 23' 48"

Turnoff for camp is a mile or few down the road. Stay to the RIGHT, and follow the road to the last camp. It's sort of easy to miss this turnoff.
Lat N34 26' 25" Long W111 21' 36"

Base Camp is Lat N34 26' 18" Long W111 21' 34"
Don't go to far, or you might find yourself traveling DOWNWARD.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:56 PM
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Nice pictures. Did you change the settings on your camera? Seems like the colors are a little different than the pictures you had from last year.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:34 AM
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yeah, some were subtle, and some were just ridiculous settings.

A couple were jacked up in photoshop.
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Thanks Mark...I love them...
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