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At the end of June, we wrote that a record-breaking high temperature of 100° F was detected in the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. This caused alarm as this was one more indicator of the rapid warming happening at the Arctic Circle.
Unfortunately, this stretch of record heat has continued in Siberia where’s it’s accelerated permafrost thaw that’s lead to oil spills and wildfires.
As Carolyn Kormann explained for the New Yorker, climate models had predicted this phenomenon, known as Arctic amplification, but they did not predict how fast the warming would occur. And THAT’S the scary part, warming is occurring so rapidly that we don’t know all the ways in which it will affect entire regions and the planet at large.
Arctic Fires: The New York Times reported yesterday that according to a new report from European scientists, intense wildfires in the Arctic in June released more polluting gases into the Earth’s atmosphere than in any other month in 18 years of data collection.
“Higher temperatures and drier surface conditions are providing ideal conditions for these fires to burn and to persist for so long over such a large area,” Mark Parrington, a fire specialist at the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, which issued the report, said in a statement.
For the contiguous United States and Alaska, there will be a widespread and prolonged stretch of extreme heat lasting through July. As Jeff Masters, a meteorologist at Yale Climate Connections, explained, “It’s not a record-breaking heat wave, but it is notable for its persistence.”
The first major wildfire of the season has struck Southern California forcing thousands of residents to evacuate during a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has made evacuation shelters a dangerous place where the virus can spread. As AP reported, the Apple Fire in Riverside County, among several wildfires across California, had consumed more than 41 […]
The month of July was a scorcher along the Eastern Seaboard. Throughout the month, heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were in effect along the I-95 corridor, and in Washington D.C., July saw the most 90-degree days of any month on record and was the first month to never fall below 71 degrees since record-keeping […]
Tropical Storm Isaias is slowly moving up the Eastern seaboard today, with its biggest risk for damage now in the Carolinas, as the storm remained offshore of Florida causing flooding due to storm surge rather than wind damage. It will be a very wet few days for the East Coast with heavy rains and storm surge, and inland flooding all the way up to New England.
Why This Matters: A new study out last week found what we are seeing play out with Tropical Storm Isaias.
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