High US Heat, and a Zombie Hurricane

Temperatures in the northeast US soared into the upper 90s and 100s late last week reports Associated Press at the Washington Post, sending heat stressed people into emergency rooms.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s maximum daily US temperature map, under Climate at their website, showed more than 70% of the lower 48 states experienced temperatures at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, according to their weatherstations. This reflects a conservative estimate, since many stations are not located in areas likely to be hottest, such as cities. Meanwhile, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, Chris, broke two records, developing earlier and further north than any other Atlantic tropical storm since records began in 1851, reports  Kristina Pydynowski, at accuweather.com. It’s been dubbed the zombie hurricane because it formed over water considered too cold to create such a storm.  Extreme weather is predicted to increase under continued climate change. Transitioning to clean energy quickly is needed to slow climate change; if you want to vote for a cooler planet this way, you can sign the We Are The Clean 99% petition at signon.org.

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Another day of high heat. The high temperatures that made life hot and miserable throughout the Northeast are expected to return, with readings in the mid- to high-90s. Every state in the Lower 48 except for North Dakota was forecast to have 90-degree weather until Saturday, according to a model by the NOAA. Associated Press

Zombie Hurricane: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/zombie-tropical-storm-chris-al/66857

We Are the Clean 99% Petition: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176

 

 

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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