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“July of this year was actually the hottest month of all time….The main reason it’s been so hot is because it’s been so dry; normally when you get moisture it keeps things a little bit cooler but the pattern has been really persistent in such a way that we really haven’t been able to import much moisture into the area so we’ve had this persistent dryness and then heat comes along with that.”
The New Tropical Depression
Weather.com reports that “Tropical Depression Eleven has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean and could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine, however, this system might be short-lived.” Apparently, “increasing wind shear and/or dry air should make conditions less favorable for intensification and weakening is anticipated,” they said.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought. Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]
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