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Heat Wave in Argentina

A deadly heatwave left its signature on the land in Argentina. This map shows land surface temperatures between December 19–26, 2013, compared to average temperatures for the same period from 2000–2012. Nearly the entire country was much warmer than normal, with some locations more than 15°Celsius above average.

Argentina was in the midst of an intense two-week heatwave when the data for the map was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. 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, reported the Buenos Aires Herald.

  1. References

  2. AccuWeather.com (2013, December 29) Argentina heat wave continues this weekend. Accessed January 7, 2014.
  3. BBC News (2013, December 31) Heatwave kills seven in Argentina. Accessed January 7, 2014.
  4. Buenos Aires Herald (2014, January 2) Relief comes as heatwave starts to break. Accessed January 7, 2014.
  5. Weather Underground (2013, December 30) Heatwave in Argentina, flooding in Brazil. Accessed January 7, 2014.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Level 1 and Atmospheres Active Distribution System (LAADS). Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Published January 7, 2014
Data acquired December 19 - 26, 2013

Terra > MODIS
Land Surface > Land Temperature > Land Surface Temperature