By Holli Riebeek
8 January 2014
(NASA) – A deadly heatwave left its signature on the land in Argentina. This image is a compilation of land surface temperatures observed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite between December 19 -26, 2013, compared to average temperatures for the same period in 2000-2012. Nearly the entire country was much warmer than normal, with some locations reaching temperatures more than 15° Celsius above average.
Argentina was in the midst of an intense two-week-long heatwave when the image was acquired. According to news reports, air temperatures reached as high as 45° C (113° F) in central Argentina. High demand for air-conditioning led to widespread power outages and water shortages, said the Buenos Aires Herald.
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