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  •  Sorry to nitpick here (5+ / 0-)

    But didn't the derecho lead the heat wave? At least here in the DC region, I specifically remember the days following from the derecho to be the hottest streak on record for DC (11 straight days above 95 degrees for a high: June 28th through July 8th.) I was tuned in to the day-to-day climate goings-on from that point on with hawkish vigilance. 2012 was certainly a fantastic year for climatology enthusiasts.

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    by rovertheoctopus on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:06:43 PM PDT

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    •  Did it? (12+ / 0-)

      I remember a long streak of exceptionally hot days before it, too. It was so freakin' hot last summer here in central NC that I lost count of 100+ degree days.

      Heat waves breed derechos, either way.

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      by weatherdude on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:17:14 PM PDT

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      •  Things were way out of kilter all year (4+ / 0-)

        I remember January and February, there were two or three distinctively, bitterly cold days, but mostly a very mild winter. There was one day in January when it snowed a total of about half-an-inch, and then there was nothing else. Winter 2011-2012 was the least snowy for DC.

        Only a single day went below freezing in March, and we had a streak of mid 80s weather for a while then. The cherry blossoms were blooming at their earliest. We averaged 66 degrees for a high that month.

        Late June onward, it just all went berserk, and that derecho set the tone... I couldn't keep count either...

        It made very real sense to me that 2012 was about to be the hottest year on record for the US. It only needed to hold out a few more months to receive its sordid prize.

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        by rovertheoctopus on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:28:31 PM PDT

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    •  NOAA/ESRL Reanalysis graphics to show progression (3+ / 0-)
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      June 21 -- June 28th, 2012
      https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/...

      June 29 -- July 9th, 2012.
      https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/...

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      by rovertheoctopus on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:17:37 PM PDT

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    •  It depends where you were. (8+ / 0-)

      If you experienced the derecho, then chances are that you were near the boundary of the bubble of hot air that anchored itself over the United States in 2012.  After the derecho, the bubble of hot air expanded to the north and east, so you might have experienced the derecho before the heat wave.  Here in the derecho's birthplace, the heat wave was several days old.  

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      by Yamaneko2 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:30:26 PM PDT

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