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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 10:01 PM
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8. it's usually not... Hot Nights and High Humidity Set This Heat Wave Apart
By Andrew Freedman

My colleague Heidi Cullen has an excellent op-ed in the New York Times today on the current heat wave, and the shifting notion of what constitutes a "normal climate" as average global temperatures continue to warm. She didn't have room for details on the heat wave in that story, but it's worth doing so here given its important lessons for climate change adaptation efforts, particularly concerning public health and infrastructure.

The heat wave that is currently roasting much of the United States stands out from typical summertime heat events that we expect to occur during July and August. First of all, the hot weather, which is associated with a sprawling area of high pressure, covers a huge expanse. Today, for example, at least 141 million people under heat advisories or warnings, according to a tweet from NOAA spokesman Justin Kenney (see video below).

Second, the heat wave has featured an extraordinary combination of high temperatures and humidity. In combination, these are known as the heat index, and during this heat wave the heat indices have shot up to levels more commonly seen in the brutally hot and humid region near the Red Sea, rather than in Minnesota and South Dakota. As meteorologist Paul Douglas reported on his Minneapolies Star Tribune blog, the heat index in Moorhead, Minn. hit a whopping 134F yesterday, likely setting a new record for the highest heat index ever reported in Minnesota. The Twin Cities also tied its all-time heat index record, at 119F.

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  -my lord, Bid Edddie just showed the map of record hot temps nadinbrzezinski  Jul-21-11 09:54 PM   #0 
  - Science is just a "theory" to Republicans. The only thing they trust are voices in their heads. nt  valerief   Jul-21-11 09:56 PM   #1 
  - and still so many climate change deniers...  upi402   Jul-21-11 09:56 PM   #2 
  - I'm on the second floor with only a fan. The room is 100 degrees at 10:55 pm.  no_hypocrisy   Jul-21-11 09:56 PM   #3 
  - it's usually not... Hot Nights and High Humidity Set This Heat Wave Apart  Viva_La_Revolution   Jul-21-11 10:01 PM   #8 
  - I feel for you... How on earth can you sleep llike that?  hlthe2b   Jul-21-11 10:03 PM   #10 
  - You can't sleep. It's impossible. I know from experience. nt  riderinthestorm   Jul-21-11 10:04 PM   #13 
  - Couple of things.  no_hypocrisy   Jul-21-11 10:06 PM   #15 
     - I sleep between two huge damp bath sheet towels  aquart   Jul-21-11 10:21 PM   #26 
  - Try cold showers, long enough to lower your body temp...  guruoo   Jul-21-11 10:07 PM   #16 
  - WATER, and get really familiar with the signs and symptoms of  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:10 PM   #18 
  - Got a shower? A big towel?  aquart   Jul-21-11 10:18 PM   #22 
  - Neck, arm pits and groin  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:20 PM   #25 
     - Or Mineral Ice or Vicks. Anything menthol.  aquart   Jul-21-11 10:22 PM   # 
  - Thanks everyone for your concern and great advice.  no_hypocrisy   Jul-21-11 10:22 PM   #28 
  - Cold washcloth on the back of the neck.  xmas74   Jul-22-11 12:46 AM   #41 
  - Crap, we're being bar-b-qued! nt  flamingdem   Jul-21-11 09:58 PM   #4 
  - It is forbidden to mention global warming when talking about severe weather!!!  grahamhgreen   Jul-21-11 09:58 PM   #5 
  - Is that Room 101 for me now?  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:00 PM   #7 
  - Just like cold weather in the winter doesn't mean climate change is bullshit, hot weather in the  Joe the Revelator   Jul-21-11 09:59 PM   #6 
  - It's a La Nina year  tammywammy   Jul-21-11 10:06 PM   #14 
  - TRENDS tell us though that it is heating up  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:08 PM   #17 
     - "No Such URL at This Domain"  tammywammy   Jul-21-11 10:12 PM   #19 
     - How about the NOAA one? or are they lying too?  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:19 PM   #23 
     - Did you not read my post?  tammywammy   Jul-21-11 10:22 PM   #27 
        - I posted two sources  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:25 PM   #31 
           - Yes, I know you posted two sources.  tammywammy   Jul-21-11 10:33 PM   #34 
              - WHich is what the OP said  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 11:03 PM   #38 
     - Explain why all the record high temps of late seem to have occurred  kestrel91316   Jul-21-11 10:42 PM   #36 
        - Oh good, please point out where I said anything negative about global warming.  tammywammy   Jul-21-11 10:46 PM   #37 
     - This is a great graph! Really says it in one graph IMO. n/t  RKP5637   Jul-21-11 10:25 PM   #32 
  - Yes, more than 1,000 all-time record highs since June in the Lower 48 . . .  hatrack   Jul-21-11 10:15 PM   #20 
  - You obviously don't understand weather vs climate.....thanks for playing  Joe the Revelator   Jul-22-11 12:05 AM   #40 
     - James Hansen? Is that you?!?  hatrack   Jul-22-11 08:42 AM   #42 
  - What DOES climate change look like, pray tell, since you seem to know better  kestrel91316   Jul-21-11 10:40 PM   #35 
     - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Jul-22-11 12:03 AM   #39 
  - The deniers are unreccing this. Geez-I hope they don't have A/C  Lorien   Jul-21-11 10:02 PM   #9 
  - San Diego apparently would work too  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:04 PM   #11 
  - I hope the air conditioner holds out here. It's old, really old, 27 years, but in good  RKP5637   Jul-21-11 10:04 PM   #12 
  - Rush Limbaugh will tell you those temps are fake...  Avalux   Jul-21-11 10:15 PM   #21 
  - I know, it is amazing... the evidence is starting to stack up  nadinbrzezinski   Jul-21-11 10:20 PM   #24 
  - Going from air conditioned studio to air conditioned limo?  aquart   Jul-21-11 10:23 PM   #30 
  - When I lived in AZ, it was 100 at night-some things I did:  felix_numinous   Jul-21-11 10:22 PM   #29 
  - I'm trying to be conservative about this, but I'm thinking it actually is a certified BITCH of a sit  patrice   Jul-21-11 10:31 PM   #33 
  - Now why would you trouble your beautiful mind  malaise   Jul-22-11 08:44 AM   #43 

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