Saturday April 25th… 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: First Large Scale Heat Waves Appear In The U.S. For 2020
Dear Diary. It’s only late April, but heat waves are already popping up across portions of the southern United States. I’ve noted in prior posts that the Gulf of Mexico is at record warm levels for this time of the year, having an influence on record heat in Florida:
That Gulf heat has also led to an extremely toasty Mexico as noted by French meteorologist Etienne Kapikian: (Just click on his tweet to get an English translation.)
Now some of this record heat is being drawn northward into the southwestern U.S. Here are today’s expected maxes:
The National Weather Service has issued heat watches, warnings and advisories for much of the Southwest:
Here are more “ET’s” from Saturday:
Here is much more NWS information concerning this first Southwest heatwave:
In a few days the Mexican heat will also be drawn northward into the south-central U.S. looking at this forecast 500 millibar pattern:
Of course, all of this is a symptom of a warming planet due to carbon pollution.
I’ll be frequently adding reported records to my posts and any pertinent NWS information in this burgeoning heat wave over the next week.
Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:
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”