Eco-Crash News: The Great Northern Hemisphere Heatwave of 2018

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 02 August 2018


The New Heatwave Normal

Record 2018 Death Valley & Northern Hemispheric Heat

Death Valley posts hottest month ever recorded on Earth, for the second July in a row,
Washington Post, August 2, 2018.

Hottest of the Hot

"Last July, California’s Death Valley endured the hottest month ever measured on the planet. This July ended up even hotter."

"Over both day and night, the temperature at Death Valley averaged 108.1 degrees, ahead of the mark set a year ago by about a half-degree. That previous mark had broken a record that stood for 100 years."

"...this July’s temperature has averaged nearly six degrees above the average of 102.2."

"The high temperature hit at least 120 degrees on 21 days, sailing past the normal high of 116.5 degrees."

"From July 24 to 27, the high soared to 127 degrees setting records on each of those four dates. This mark was not far from the location’s highest reliable temperature measurement in recent decades of 129 set on June 30, 2013."

"The low temperature remained above 100 degrees on 10 days."

"The measurements come from Furnace Creek..."

Hottest of the Hot
"The location famously holds the record for hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth of 134 degrees on July 10, 1913. However, that measurement is very much in question. Some climatologists believe the 129-degree temperature logged in June 2013 is the highest temperature reliably measured..."

July Records

"Reno, Nev. and Palm Springs, Calif., set new monthly temperature records. Many more spots finished in the top five or top 10, including Redding, Calif...Seattle and Portland, Ore. "

"Southern California cities like Los Angeles and San Diego posted top-five hottest Julys..."

"Exceptional Heat"
The Whole Northern Hemisphere
"In North America: Multiple locations in Southern California; Denver; Montreal; Mount Washington, N.H.; and Burlington, Vt."

"In Europe: Multiple locations in Norway, Finland and Sweden; Glasgow, Scotland; Shannon, Ireland; Belfast and Castlederg, Northern Ireland; Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands; Copenhagen in Denmark."

"In Eurasia: Multiple locations in central and eastern Russia; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Yerevan, Armenia."

"In the Middle East: Quriyat, Oman, which posted the world’s hottest low temperature ever recorded on June 28: 109 degrees."

"In Africa: Ouargla, Algeria, which may have posted the highest temperature in Algeria and the entire African continent on July 5: 124.3 degrees."

"In Asia: Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan posted their highest temperature on record."

"Collectively, all of these exceptional heat milestones are consistent with what is expected in a warming world, as concentrations of greenhouse gases from human activity continue to accumulate."


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