Conditions come in extremes in Iraq, where there are only two real seasons, winter and summer. Averages can reach 120 degrees in July and August and go below freezing in January. The first half of March brought the beginnings of stifling summer heat to the region. Along with these rising temperatures, windstorms that can hamper visibility and equipment, dry conditions that feed dust storms, and full moons that expose nighttime maneuvers present challenges for U.S. troops. Click on the tabs above for details.
Sources: CBS News, Associated Press, Globalsecurity.com