Thursday March 26th… 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)😉
Main Topic: June-Like Temperatures to Occur in the U.S. South
Dear Diary. As coronavirus rages on, in the background of this health crisis the globe continues to simmer. Every so often a pocket of relative extreme warmth will develop across the planet reminding all that we need to continue the fight to quell carbon emissions. One such area will be the U.S. South, which will see some record breaking temperatures today into the weekend. While not life threatening like COVID-19, readings will be more like June. Take a look:
Tim has a point here. Spring and even summer warmth is now occurring quite early, which usually puts an end to the cold and flu season. We will soon see how warmth affects COVID-19:
“When it gets a little warmer it miraculously goes away,” said Trump, at a rally in New Hampshire last month. That was five weeks before U.S. cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, topped 15,000 and global cases climbed to over 250,000. (So, no, a little warmth hasn’t brought a miracle.)
But there is some (very) early evidence that the current pandemic could be alleviated by rising temperatures and local climates. A preprint of a study by researchers in China — which has yet to be peer reviewed — examined 100 Chinese cities that had more than 400 cases. They found that the coronavirus was transmitted more rapidly in cities with cooler and drier weather conditions.
In my own hometown of Atlanta, for example, 87°F would be a record if temperatures get that warm. From Threaded Extremes for Atlanta here are the prior records for Friday March 27th:
|3/27||86 in 1994||85 in 1910||83 in 1907|
It’s no wonder looking at the airmass from met models south of a from bisecting the nation:
We usually don’t see thickness values above 570 decameters as far north as Missouri and Tennessee until May or June.
By Saturday a front will have cooled the south-central states, but this extreme warmth will be hanging on in the Southeast. As usual, I’ll be reporting record report tallies added on to what we already have for March on this, the Extreme Temperature Diary.
Here are some “ET’s” from Thursday:
Now, here are some of todays articles on the horrendous coronavirus pandemic:
Here is more climate and weather news from Thursday:
(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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