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I been saving story’s about how hot it’s been lately. It’s something that a person who writes about climate change has a tendency to do. Let’s start on the East Coast a week and a half ago.
“The heat wave that blanketed parts of the East Coast in close to 100-degree temperatures and high humidity broke the daily temperature record at JFK International Airport. It was the longest heat wave in New York City in more than a decade. But it made history in another way too: New York City broke its record for energy use on Friday, as residents cranked up air conditioning in an effort to stay cool.”
“New York City’s last energy use record was set in July 2011, amidst another bout of extreme temperatures — a cycle of high rates of energy usage in response to high temperatures that will become more common as climate predictions continue to play out. Heat waves are already becoming more frequent and intense as temperatures rise, and duration of heat waves has increased worldwide since the 1950s.” You can read the rest of the story here.
Washington D.C. also made some history. “For over five and a half days, the temperature was least 80 degrees in D.C. This 138-hour streak is the longest on record, dating back to 1871, and besting the 128-hour streak of two years ago.
As Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang notes, this record is just the latest in an “astonishingly long list” of heat-related milestones amassed over the past four summers, including: hottest three Julys, hottest three summers, most 100-degree days in a month, and longest uninterrupted stretch above 100 degrees.” That story can be found here.
Let’s go up to Alaska next. “Anchorage has set a record for the most consecutive days over 70 degrees during this unusually warm summer, while Fairbanks is closing in on its own seasonal heat record.
The National Weather Service said Alaska’s largest city topped out at 70 degrees at 4 p.m. Tuesday, making it the 14th straight day the thermometer read 70 or higher. That breaks a record of 13 straight days set in 2004.
In Fairbanks, temperatures Monday reached 80 or higher for the 29th day this summer.” Read about it here.
Let’s go over to Europe. “Europe is facing warmer-than-usual weather for a second month after temperatures soared in a July heatwave, boosting power prices in the region’s biggest market.
Germany may be as much as 8 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than average on some days through Aug. 10, Andreas Gassner, a meteorologist at Meteomedia AG in Gais, Switzerland, said July 30 by e-mail. MetraWeather, Deutscher Wetterdienst and MDA Information Systems Inc. also predicted hot weather in most of Europe for this month, while WSI Corp. and MeteoGroup U.K. Ltd. said the warm spell will end.” The story is here.
How about Siberia? “Your mental image of Siberia is probably a snowy, wind-whipped expanse, perhaps with a cluster of buildings to house those banished from Russian society. Not this week. This week, Norilsk, the northernmost large city in the world, the second largest city north of the Arctic Circle, and the site of one of those gulags, hit a balmy 32 degrees Celsius — about 90 Fahrenheit. It’s normally in the mid-60s.
The online outlet The Siberian Times (“up-to-date information in English from across Siberia’s six time zones”) featured a photo of people sunbathing on the shores of Lake Baikal in its report on what may be a new record high.” Read all about it here.
The month-long heat wave, particularly in southern and central parts of the country, has forced leaders in Beijing into action.
The China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday ordered a “Level 2” emergency response to the dangerous heat.
Such an emergency order is usually reserved for natural disasters like typhoons and severe flooding. A “Level 1” emergency has never been called before.”
“The blistering heat has manifested itself in several ways. Local news reports have described glass cracking in the city of Ningbo and cars self-combusting elsewhere.
Excited reports of eggs that a woman in Hunan planned to eat suddenly hatching later proved to be false, but sparked humorous comments online: It’s so hot, eggs are hatching without the need for a hen to sit on them.
Then there has been the street cooking. Videos of people frying eggs and bacon on scorching hot city streets have been all the rage on the internet.
One photo of a boy in the eastern city of Jinan cooking shrimp on a manhole was featured prominently on China’s state newspaper, China Daily.” You can check out the story here.
NOAA has reported on the month of June for global “average” temperatures. “June 2013 also marked the 37th consecutive June and 340th consecutive month (more than 28 years) with a global temperature above the 20th-century average, according to NOAA scientists. The last below-average June temperature was June 1976, and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.” If you are 28 years old or younger you have never experienced a below average month of temperature. Check it out here or here.