Saturday July 27th… 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).😉
New European Heat Wave Day Five
Today will be the last day that the current heat wave will be plaguing Europe because the massive heat dome responsible for the thing will be lifting north of Scandinavia into the Arctic:
We will be moving onto other main topics starting Sunday, hopefully getting a break from reporting on historic heat around the planet before any in August occurs. Here is quoted material from Bob Henson’s blog relating some weather and climate crisis irony:
“There’s bitter irony in the fact that the birthplace of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change experienced the “long tail” effects of human-produced climate heating in full force this week, while much of the United States—which has announced its intention to leave the agreement—basked in unusually cool weather for July. The two hardly balance each other out, although some observers have implied as much. In fact, July has a very good shot at being Earth’s warmest month on record.”
Here are more stats quoted directly from Weather Underground:
Standouts from a hellish week
Below are some of the most amazing facets of this week’s European heat. In this article, we’ll list the records first as they were measured in degrees Celsius (which are used throughout the world outside the United States), followed by the Fahrenheit conversions.
—Thursday was the hottest day ever observed at hundreds of locations where tens of millions of people live. An all-time heat record is a rare thing at any long-term observing site where temperatures have been measured for decades. On Thursday, virtually all of the primary weather stations in Belgium and the Netherlands set all-time records. In Germany, at least 139 locations saw all-time highs, representing a large chunk of the nation’s 400-plus observing sites, according to meteorologist Michael Theusner. And in France, at least 70 locations recorded all-time highs on Thursday, as compiled by international weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera.
—Some of the all-time records were set by large margins. The Montsouris observing site in Paris reached 42.6°C (108.7°F), which broke the city’s 72-year-old all-time heat record by an incredible 4°F. In far northern France, Lille broke its all-time record by more than 5°F, hitting 41.5°C (106.7°F).
—One of the oldest weather observing sites on Earth had its hottest day on record. The Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford, England, has been making regular temperature measurements since 1815. On Thursday, the observatory hit 36.5°C (97.7°F), breaking the all-time high of 35.1°C (95.2°F) set on August 19, 1932, and August 3, 1990. The new Radcliffe record was confirmed in an email from Stephen Burt, author of the definitive book Oxford Weather and Climate Since 1767.
Now the “heat wave” will produce a round of sea ice loss, probably much more than is typical during August, as it moves north and west of Scandinavia. We’ll be looking for records to fall in Greenland. When and if I see those they will be reported.
The following are more social media notes on the heat wave, some with linked articles, that I am seeing this Saturday:
Here is more climate and weather news from Saturday:
(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”