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Wow, it’s crazy hot in Phoenix today

May 22, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

According to the Weather Network, here’s Phoenix’s temperature forecast for Tuesday:


National Weather Service officials have posted excessive-heat warnings for the lower third of Arizona and forecasts say Tuesday’s high will be a balmy 108 Fahrenheit.

How this affects the ice at Arena remains to be seen. The Coyotes’ arena crew has been working feverishly to adhere to NHL standards — arena should be around 60 degrees, 40 percent humidity and a dew point of 35 degrees — and it’s likely they’ll continue pumping cold air through the building to keep the playing surface from turning to slush.

That said, these are fairly unprecedented conditions. Prior to this year, the latest the Coyotes had ever played was May 4 (during the 1999 playoffs) — a day where the high temperature was 91.4.

  1. namriverrat69 - May 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Can everyone say slush? It could affect the ice surface which could slow down the puck movement. It will still be a great game.


  2. rosselliott - May 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”… I’m sure many of us in Phoenix have winced when we hear that phrase, mostly because at 110 degrees out, it’s most certainly the heat of hell that will kill you! But, in the case, the relative lack of humidity is much easier to fight in keeping the ice at a decent level than the heat. Phoenix may not have the best ice in the league, but it’s much better than if they were playing hockey in Florida right now even though it’s 20F hotter outside.

    It’s still probably better ice than the Staples Center (due to a combination of the heat of California and all the other events going on in the Staples Center)

  3. quizguy66 - May 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I went to a hockey game in Phoenix and a water polo game broke out.


  4. mdhedley - May 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    This is kind of an overused story. We see it about 3 times a year here in Phoenix where someone tries to make a story of the temperature outside.

    The reality is that HVAC is a rather mundane problem that we see in multiple industries. I spent 4 hours last night calculating the heat output of a server deployment so that a datacenter could calculate their required air conditioning capacity. This is not a new problem.

    The coyotes have been assessed by the NHL and given guidelines on limiting the impact of the outside temperature in situations like this, so the ice can be made correctly. Most surveys put the rink at the Job about in the middle of the pack for ice quality.

    Where the NHL sees real issues is in the multi-use arena’s and high humidity climates. So it’s surprising that in all the talk of the quick change-overs ice quality wasn’t made more of an issue in LA.

    All this being said the Ice will probably be middling to poor tonight at the Job, which should make it about even with the over-used staples center, and the very old above ground level rink at MSG.

    Put on your tinfoil hats everyone. Poor ice would lead to missed passes and slower play, which probably benefits the coyotes. Is there an incentive to making perfect ice right now???

  5. chiadam - May 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Thanks to PHT for going through the C-to-F conversion. I left
    y calculator and manual at home. USA USA USA!

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