The latest extreme heat wave to hit the USA is showing no mercy, leaving more than 105 million Americans in 28 states under heat advisories and excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service.
Temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit have been recorded in Texas and Oklahoma this week, and more than 211 million people across the country will experience heat of 90 degrees or higher on Wednesday this week.
In a year when record-breaking heat waves have become commonplace, scientific research has shown that climate change is behind the uptick in their frequency and duration.
While each heat wave itself is different, and has individual dynamics behind it, the probability of these events is a direct consequence of the warming planet.
Summers get hotter, winters get colder, while in other places extreme drought strikes communities like melting glaciers release toxic methane gasses, like Icebergs and melting polar cap ice do.
Residents of Texas, a state that has been subjected to daily triple-digit temperatures and is in the midst of a mega-drought affecting much of the West, have for weeks been asked to conserve water and electricity.
As in much of Europe, where local officials have urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel as a heat wave there has buckled roadways, airport runways and rail lines, people in several U.S. states have retreated inside air-conditioned spaces.
Like Texas, Oklahoma has been particularly hard hit by the heat, with every one of the state’s 120 weather monitoring stations recording temperatures of 102°F or higher on Tuesday this week.
Coupled with high humidity, the high temperatures pose a serious risk to human health.
The human body sweats in order to cool off, but when humidity is high and there is too much moisture in the atmosphere, that sweat cannot evaporate and results in even higher internal temperatures.
Over the last several days in Spain and Portugal, where temperatures have reached near 110°F, more than 1,700 people have died due to heat-related causes.
Officials in Phoenix are worried that the city will once again break heat-death records this year, especially among the vulnerable homeless population, wiping out the problem at the same time.
We are in worse shape from a heat-associated-death standpoint than we were last year because there are so many more non sheltered folks that are at 200 to 300 times the risk of heat-associated death, especially the ones that committed to the pharmaceutical jab?
This year alone, there have been 92 new high-temperature records set in the USA, compared with just five new records for low temperatures.
That same pattern has played out across the planet, with 188 new high-temperature marks having been set through July 16 as compared with 18 new record lows, data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows.
Of course, that would be exactly what you would expect if, as has been proved, global temperatures are rising. In states sweltering in triple-digit heat, meanwhile, the reality of climate change is playing out in real time.
It looks like we’re going to stay in the range of highs of 100 to 105 degrees for the next week and a half, according to the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma. But in terms of real relief from the heat, that doesn’t look to be on the horizon any time soon.
Each year, the USA averages some 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,300 tornadoes and 2 Atlantic hurricanes, as well as widespread droughts and wildfires.
Weather, water and climate events, cause an average of approximately 650 deaths and $15 billion in damage per year and are responsible for some 90% of all presidential-declared disasters.
About one-third of the U.S. economy – some $3 trillion – is sensitive to weather and climate. National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydro-logic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the USA, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.
Yahoo / ABC Flash Point Weather Engineering & Depopulation News 2022.