|More flooding in South Burlington, Vermont after thunderstorms on Saturday. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell on Burlington in June.|
The same weather setup producing the rain in the east is driving record heat across the western US and north into Alberta and BC. On Monday temperatures soared into the mid 30's from interior BC into Alberta. Record highs were established in may locations including Edmonton at 27.4C, and Merritt, BC where it was nearly 37C (100F). More heat and humidity is forecast today across the west. This following the terrible floods in southern Alberta, where cleanup efforts continue in the hot weather.
The heat as extremely dry weather in the southwest US has created a very critical fire situation with many burning out of control. Temperatures have been as hot as 129F in the deserts of Nevada and California. It was such a wildfire in southern Arizona near the Town of Prescott that tragically claimed the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday evening. The wind driven 13 square mile fire suddenly turned on the elite group of firefighters trapping them near the small town of Yarnell, 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
|A hot and dry June has created critical fire weather in the western US including the Yarnell fire that killed 19 firefighters on Sunday. (AP Photo)|