Wednesday July 17th … Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Major U.S. Heat Wave Day Two And Another European Heat Wave
Every summer I have to drag out my old Glenn Frey record…”The Heat Is On.” People from the Midwest through the Northeast will definitely want to protect themselves from near record heat through this weekend. I think the U.S. east of the Rockies will get a much needed break by next week, though. This heat wave won’t be the type that climate scientists have been warning against for decades, and pales in comparison with what has been going on in Asia and Europe off and on this decade. At some point in the near future we should see a heat wave in which a heat dome will be of record proportion and very stubborn to move for a month or so, unlike this one which may barely scratch 594 decameters at 500 millibars and quickly retrogrades westward into the Rockies as shown on yesterday’s post.
Nevertheless, this “run of the mill” heatwave has already claimed one hot car death. Please do not leave children and pets in parked cars during this heat episode:
As expected our U.S. heatwave will be on the increase today through Saturday except in the Southeast where we have had a low grade heatwave for weeks. In fact, my hometown of Atlanta probably will have slightly lower temps through this weekend due to an increase in storm coverage than what we saw near 95F earlier this week.
Here are expected maxes on Thursday:
As one might imagine the National Weather Service has issued widespread heat advisories, watches and warnings over a good chunk of the CONUS:
Wet soil moisture from historic flooding in the spring in the corn belt plus remnants of Barry’s moisture will just add to humidity and thus misery.
Speaking of Europe let’s take a quick look at the forecast heat dome over that continent forecast the next few days. Here is the apex of the thing valid for next Tuesday:
Relatively speaking, this ridge won’t initially be as strong as the historic one that produced an all-time record hot June for Europe, but will bring more misery to a continent that is already suffering from drought:
Now back to the U.S. Here are some social media messages with article links on this ongoing heatwave:
As usual, any newer messages that cross my radar during Wednesday will be listed at the top of this article. Check back from time to time to see if I have listed more:
Here is more climate and weather news from Wednesday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”