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Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

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Russia has recently seen the longest unprecedented heat wave for at least one thousand years, the head of the Russian Meteorological Center said on Monday.


Wildfires continue to rage across much of the central part of European Russia as the country experiences a heat wave, with temperatures of up to and above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

For those complaining about the heat wave in the heartland of the US, you could be living in Russia. Right now, about 700 people are dying every day in Moscow. Another complication is added because the heat has set off fires in the peat bogs outside of Moscow, and the air is thick with smog and smoke. In addition, this heat wave stands to destroy about 30% of Russia's grain crop, and Russia has called a halt to all grain exports, as it attempts to head off it's own food shortage.

NOTE: Moscow's latitude is about the same as that of Montreal.

Russia today stands at the brink of a crisis, and there is no relief in sight in the immediate future, as the hottest decade since scientists began taking measurements is being easily beaten by the decade that is now shaping up.

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For those complaining about the heat wave in the heartland of the US, you could be living in Russia. Right now, about 700 people are dying every day in Moscow. Another complication is added because the heat has set off fires in the peat bogs outside of Moscow, and the air is thick with smog and smoke. In addition, this heat wave stands to destroy about 30% of Russia's grain crop, and Russia has called a halt to all grain exports, as it attempts to head off it's own food shortage.

NOTE: Moscow's latitude is about the same as that of Montreal.

Russia today stands at the brink of a crisis, and there is no relief in sight in the immediate future, as the hottest decade since scientists began taking measurements is being easily beaten by the decade that is now shaping up.

Article is here.


Please view, then sell your cars.




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I don't believe many appreciate just how extreme this event has been relative to climatology. Climatewise, it is easily this year's most extreme event.

- From July 6 through today, the temperature has been 10°F or more above normal in Moscow. That's 35 consecutive days.
- July 2010 had a mean temperature that was 15° above normal; the August 1-9 period had a mean temperature of 20.5°F above normal; the 35-day period in question had a mean temperature of 17.4°F above normal
- 25 days in July saw the minimum temperature exceed the normal mean temperature
- Moscow set an all-time temperature record of 102°F on July 30. Prior to 2010, the all-time record high temperature was 98°F. 2010 has seen 9 days with high temperatures of 98°F or above.

Normal Temperatures for July 6-August 9:
High: 72.0°F
Low: 53.7°F
Mean: 62.8°F

July 6-August 9, 2010:
High: 92.5°
Low: 68.2°
Mean: 80.3°

In the August 1-9, 2010 timeframe, the average high temperature has come to 96.2°

90°F days in recent years:
2005 0
2006 0
2007 6
2008 1
2009 0
2010 24

Needless to say, most of Moscow is not air conditioned. As a result, indoor conditions are brutal. The air quality on account of the fires burning across the drought-parched Russian frontier has been very poor.
 

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I wonder how much of this has to do with Russia essentially draining out the Aral Sea, which served as a huge heat sink
 

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I don't believe many appreciate just how extreme this event has been relative to climatology. Climatewise, it is easily this year's most extreme event.

- From July 6 through today, the temperature has been 10°F or more above normal in Moscow. That's 35 consecutive days.
- July 2010 had a mean temperature that was 15° above normal; the August 1-9 period had a mean temperature of 20.5°F above normal; the 35-day period in question had a mean temperature of 17.4°F above normal
- 25 days in July saw the minimum temperature exceed the normal mean temperature
- Moscow set an all-time temperature record of 102°F on July 30. Prior to 2010, the all-time record high temperature was 98°F. 2010 has seen 9 days with high temperatures of 98°F or above.

Normal Temperatures for July 6-August 9:
High: 72.0°F
Low: 53.7°F
Mean: 62.8°F

July 6-August 9, 2010:
High: 92.5°
Low: 68.2°
Mean: 80.3°

In the August 1-9, 2010 timeframe, the average high temperature has come to 96.2°

90°F days in recent years:
2005 0
2006 0
2007 6
2008 1
2009 0
2010 24

Needless to say, most of Moscow is not air conditioned. As a result, indoor conditions are brutal. The air quality on account of the fires burning across the drought-parched Russian frontier has been very poor.


Yep, it's hot this year....Guess what, its hot here too....Is the world ending because of one hot year?


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Argentina Colder Than Antarctica Spurs Record Power Imports, Shuts Plants | Print |
Argentina Colder Than Antarctica Spurs Record Power Imports, Shuts Plants

Argentina is importing record amountsof energy as the coldest winter in 40 years drives up demand andcauses natural gas shortages, prompting Dow Chemical Co. andsteelmaker Siderar SAIC to scale back production.
Electricity supplied from Brazil and Paraguay rose to adaily combined record of about 1,000 megawatts on July 12, whileconsumption peaked at 20,396 megawatts three days later,according to Buenos Aires-based energy broker Cammesa. Shipmentsof liquefied natural gas are set to double this year.
Dow, Siderar and aluminum maker Aluar Aluminio ArgentinoSAIC are among companies closing plants, cutting output orseeking alternative energy sources after temperatures in partsof Argentina fell below those of Antarctica. Rising demand isexacerbating a shortage that began six years ago as economicgrowth accelerated and energy investment fell. The shortage isboosting costs as companies spend more to guarantee supplies.
“The situation is getting worse, because the shortageperiod is growing every year,” Gerardo Rabinovich, a directorat the General Mosconi Energy Institute in Buenos Aires and anadviser to the opposition Radical Party, said in a telephoneinterview. “When this started in 2004, it lasted for about aweek, then it was two weeks and now it’s more than a month.”
Last month, temperatures in Buenos Aires were on averageone degree Celsius below the usual low and high of 8 and 14degrees, with temperatures plummeting to about 2 degrees Celsiuson July 15.

Argentina Colder Than Antarctica Spurs Record Power Imports, Shuts Plants

Not everywhere is it roasting.
 

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Yep, it's hot this year....Guess what, its hot here too....Is the world ending because of one hot year?


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????

What is your point? This thread has zilch to do with GLOBAL warming.
 

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Yep, it's hot this year....Guess what, its hot here too....Is the world ending because of one hot year?


j-mac

Certainly, the world isn't ending on account of this year's heat, but the heat in Russia is much more extreme than what the U.S. experienced this summer. In Russia, the heat has been nothing short of historic (extremely rare event). There, this year's grain harvest could be 38% lower than last year's production on account of the combination of persistent high heat and drought.

Of course, if some of the long-range modeling and La Niña climatology are representative, the winter could feature colder-than-normal conditions in Moscow and other areas at the epicenter of the extreme heat. Alaska could feature very cold conditions. The eastern U.S. will probably bask in abnormal warmth for the most part, though some cold shots would be likely.
 

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For those complaining about the heat wave in the heartland of the US, you could be living in Russia. Right now, about 700 people are dying every day in Moscow. Another complication is added because the heat has set off fires in the peat bogs outside of Moscow, and the air is thick with smog and smoke. In addition, this heat wave stands to destroy about 30% of Russia's grain crop, and Russia has called a halt to all grain exports, as it attempts to head off it's own food shortage.

NOTE: Moscow's latitude is about the same as that of Montreal.

Russia today stands at the brink of a crisis, and there is no relief in sight in the immediate future, as the hottest decade since scientists began taking measurements is being easily beaten by the decade that is now shaping up.

Article is here.

When I hear about other places having 90-100 degree days and complaining about heat wave I have to think what a bunch of crybabies. We have days like that all the time in the summer and its worse if there was a couple of rain storms the week or before.
 

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When I hear about other places having 90-100 degree days and complaining about heat wave I have to think what a bunch of crybabies. We have days like that all the time in the summer and its worse if there was a couple of rain storms the week or before.

What is your location?

In Texas, you can expect 100 degree days, but not in Moscow, where the latitude is about the same as that of Montreal. What is considered a normal day in Texas kills in Russia.
 
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I wonder if this has to do with the fact that it's an El Nino year?

The heat wave is bad but the forest fires in Russia are compounding the air quality problem with soot from the outlying forested areas.
 

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For those complaining about the heat wave in the heartland of the US, you could be living in Russia. Right now, about 700 people are dying every day in Moscow. Another complication is added because the heat has set off fires in the peat bogs outside of Moscow, and the air is thick with smog and smoke. In addition, this heat wave stands to destroy about 30% of Russia's grain crop, and Russia has called a halt to all grain exports, as it attempts to head off it's own food shortage.

NOTE: Moscow's latitude is about the same as that of Montreal.

Russia today stands at the brink of a crisis, and there is no relief in sight in the immediate future, as the hottest decade since scientists began taking measurements is being easily beaten by the decade that is now shaping up.

Article is here.

Gee, will Fox News cover this...
 

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Gee, will Fox News cover this...

They will probably do what Mr. V did, and say that it is cold in Argentina, even though it is winter there. Hehe.
 

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When people make the argument that global warming will be a benign thing that improves crop yields, we'll start pointing them to Russia 2010.
 

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When people make the argument that global warming will be a benign thing that improves crop yields, we'll start pointing them to Russia 2010.

One scenario I have read about says that Canada will end up with the grain belt, while America's bread basket turns into a desert.
 

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When I hear about other places having 90-100 degree days and complaining about heat wave I have to think what a bunch of crybabies. We have days like that all the time in the summer and its worse if there was a couple of rain storms the week or before.

Well you have to remember what the climate is normally like there. Here in Boston when it gets into the 90s it sucks because we are use to high 70s low 80s. Also we don't have AC so it is even worse.
 

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This is a human tragedy undeserving of this partisan hackery. It's unfortunate that a "conservative" had to bring this thread into the arena of AGW in the first place, also unfortunate that "liberals" point to this as evidence of climate change when any other localised phenomena that contradicted global warming would be dismissed as local weather patterns even though they would use this local local bout of adverse weather as indicative of global climate change.

I'll wait and see if GLOBAL climate patterns support the idea of AGW, which they have thus far done so, before I hijack peoples deaths for political point scoring. Right now I hope the Russians take all available means of international aid that may be on offer to help people in need.
 

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When I hear about other places having 90-100 degree days and complaining about heat wave I have to think what a bunch of crybabies. We have days like that all the time in the summer and its worse if there was a couple of rain storms the week or before.

An important difference: In TX, the heat is commonplace and virtually everyone has air conditioning. In Moscow, many years do not experience even a single 90° reading during the summer, nights are typically in the 40s and 50s fahrenheit. As a result, very few places have air conditioning.

Moreover, in terms of deviations from normal, what is happening in Russia completely blows away the fabled hot summer of 1980 in Texas in which Dallas-Fort Worth hit an all-time high temperature of 113° and established its most 100° days.

Deviations from Normal (°C):

1980:
TXheat1980.gif


An area of +5°C. For Dallas: Greatest monthly deviation from normal: +7.0°F

Russia 2010:
RussiaHeatWave.gif


A large area of +8°C. For Moscow: Greatest monthly deviation from normal: +15.0°F
 

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I wonder if this has to do with the fact that it's an El Nino year?

The heat wave is bad but the forest fires in Russia are compounding the air quality problem with soot from the outlying forested areas.

The El Niño is over. The rapid cooling of ENSO Region 1+2 with anomalies of 1°C or below normal (last monthly figure was -1.67°C) has often coincided with above normal temperatures in Russia.
 

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What about the thousands of frozen dolphins and gators in Argentina? Does no one care about them???
 

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What about the thousands of frozen dolphins and gators in Argentina? Does no one care about them???

Obviously, trolls who don't know the difference between summer and winter care about them. :mrgreen:
 
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