Severe Heat Wave in China Has People Grilling Food on Manhole Covers

Photo courtesy of www.china-mike.com

Photo courtesy of www.china-mike.com

 

From Black America Web:

It’s been so hot in China that people are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself.

The heat wave — the worst in at least 140 years in some parts — has left dozens of people dead and pushed thermometers above 40 degrees C (104 F) in at least 40 cities and counties, mostly in the south and east. Authorities for the first time have declared the heat a “level 2″ weather emergency— a label normally invoked for typhoons and flooding.

Extreme heat began hitting Shanghai and several eastern and southern provinces in early July and is expected to grip much of China through mid-August.

Shanghai set its record high temperature of 40.6 C (105 F) on July 26, and Thursday’s heat marked the city’s 28th day above 35 C. At least 10 people died of heat stroke in the city over the past month, including a 64-year-old Taiwanese sailor, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Climate scientists usually caution that they can’t attribute a single weather event like the Chinese heat wave to man-made global warming. But “human-caused warming sure ups the odds of heat waves like this one,” said Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona. The Chinese heat wave “gives a very real face to what global warming is all about,” he wrote in an email.

“This is the future. Get used to it,” Andrew Dressler of Texas A&M University told The Associated Press by email. “You often hear people say, ‘Oh, we’ll just adapt to the changing climate.’ It turns out that that’s a lot harder than it sounds, as the people in China are finding out now.”

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More About Latest Heat Wave in Southwestern US

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Robertscribbler has just written an informative blog post about the current heat wave and resulting forest fires. In it, he further describes the weather systems involved (with maps) and talks about the link between forest fires and global warming.

To read the post, visit his blog here. 

Heat Wave Breaks Records Across West- Another Effect of Global Warming

Map courtesy of local.msn.com

Map courtesy of local.msn.com

According to the Washington Post, June 1st:

“Triple-digit heat struck again elsewhere in Southern California, while metropolitan Phoenix saw just a slight drop in temperatures after experiencing record-breaking heat Saturday. The 119-degree high in Phoenix on Saturday marked the fourth-hottest day in metro Phoenix since authorities started keeping temperature records more than 110 years ago. The high temperature for the metro area hit 115 on Sunday.

Las Vegas temperatures have been at 115 and above in recent days — including a record-tying 117 on Sunday — helping make June the hottest ever in Sin City.

June was the third-hottest in Salt Lake City history, highlighted by the record high for the month of 105, set on Friday and Saturday.

High-temperature records were shattered across the region over the weekend. The high of 115 at Lancaster’s Fox Field on Sunday represented not just a record for a June 30 but an all-time high — surpassing the 114 degrees recorded 53 years ago.

In San Diego County, Campo set a record with a 107-degree mark.

Tragedy struck north of Phoenix as hot gusty winds fueled an out of control wildfire that overtook and killed 19 firefighters near the town of Yarnell. Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters, tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat.”

The important thing to remember here is that record heat is one of many indicators of a larger problem- abnormal weather is quickly becoming the norm. The governor of NY is convinced of this and is currently seeking ways to update NYC’s infrastructure, including possibly rebuilding or modifying coastline buildings and homes, after the disastrous effect Superstorm Sandy had on the city and state. His goal is to prepare the state for future large storms.

Photo courtesy of  Valley_Guy at Flickr

Photo courtesy of Valley_Guy at Flickr

The federal government has also finally become convinced and has expressed this in its official reports of the increase in recent years of forest fires. Millions of dollars are spent on fighting these blazes, and many lives are lost, including those of fire fighters.The prediction is that the rate, and intensity, of forest fires will only increase over time because hotter and drier than normal air means worse fires. Even home insurance companies are planing ahead for increased natural disasters like hurricanes by modifying current rates for natural disaster insurance coverage.

The reality is that regardless of whether or not we want to believe that we are in the midst of global warming/climate change, we will continue to suffer it’s consequences.

Blame blistering heat waves on global warming, study says

In this Sept. 30, 2011, file photo, sailboats and a floating dock lie on the dry, cracked dirt in a harbor at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City as drought continues to be a problem across the state.

In this Sept. 30, 2011, file photo, sailboats and a floating dock lie on the dry, cracked dirt in a harbor at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City as drought continues to be a problem across the state.

From The Associated Press and NBC News: 

The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can’t be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist.

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