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Today’s Weather in Iraq

I just returned from photographing some rocket parts recovered after a recent attack on the base. On the walk back to the bunker, I realized that at a certain temperature, your eyeballs, which unless I am mistaken cannot sweat, make known to you that the external heat exceeds the human body’s recommended operating conditions. The sand, which has not seen water in some time, becomes a fine, powderey dust, and the air feels thin. Having grown up in California, I have experienced this kind of heat before--and it answered to the name Mojave. I have not seen what the temperature is here on base since Sunday, when it registered 120 degrees. The heat category yesterday was 5--whatever that means--which I am told is the highest level and therefore "bad." Take this heat, add 20+ pounds of body armor and a kevlar helmet to it, and you have another June day in Iraq.

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Mr. Alt,
Thanks again for the great reports that have become a daily habit with me. I greatly appreciate the wit embedded in your first hand reports. The stuff you write about has provided daily topics of conversation here at our home on the Mojave Desert while we, like other military families, try to noodle out what is really going on outside the spectre of national opinion cloaked as the evening news. Keep up the good work, and thanks!
Patty Manion
P.S. Did you grow up on or near the great Mojave?

I lived for a time in Riverside, which is not terribly far from the Mojave. I also traveled through and visited the Mojave on numerous occasions. Glad to see we have some desert readers!

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