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JUL 18, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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US wilting in a heat wave somehow stuck in reverse

The western Atlantic high pressure system behind the hot dry weather started moving east to west last week and by Tuesday was centered over lower Michigan, said Jon Gottschalck, the operations chief at the National Weather Service's prediction branch. Gottschalck said there's no evidence pointing at man-made climate change, but this is likely just natural chaos in the atmosphere. Thursday, the heat index, which factors in humidity, hit 106 degrees in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia and was in triple digits along much of the Northeast.

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