Climate Change Heat Wave Surprises Scientists by Its IntensityThe recent Pacific Northwest climate change heat wave has surprised scientists by its intensity. They say a heatwave this intense would not have happened in the past. Typically‚ temperatures in the Pacific Northwest are rising twice as fast as the global average‚ and heat waves like this only occur once every 150‚000 years if there are no changes in climate. According to Oxford University researcher‚ Dr. Friederike Otto‚ a heatwave of this intensity is only expected at higher levels of global warming.
A heat wave that has already smashed temperature records in Texas is set to continue over the Northeastern and central regions of the United States within the next few days. Hot weather will hit the nation‚ reaching 100° Fahrenheit in large parts of the country. This is a wakeup call to climate change and millions of Americans across the United States‚ from Texas to Maine. Temperatures will rise by 15-25 degrees in the heat wave. This heat wave will produce temperatures that are 15-25 degrees above average. AccuWeather stated on its website. The Texas cities of San Angelo‚ Del Rio and Abilene saw heat records fall on Saturday. In some places‚ the thermometer registered 112 degrees. San Antonio recorded its first consecutive 100 degree day at the weekend. The Weather Channel reported. Stifling humidity has exacerbated the oppressive heat. High humidity will not only cause discomfort throughout the day but also unusually hot nights‚ which is more common for July according to Dan DePodwin of AccuWeathers forecasting operations. The heat wave was pushing northward from the Great Plains. Daytime temperatures in Chicago and other cities were higher than the Death Valley records. The Northeastern and central regions of the country will be affected by an early-season heat wave. National Weather Service Although it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of heat waves‚ they have been shown to be increasing in frequency due to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Day-to-day weather variation is not uncommon‚ with heat waves and unusually hot days. Hotter than usual days and nights as the Earth's climate heats up are more prevalent and more intense. Heat waves will also become more frequent. Environmental Protection Agency has a website.. It is clear that each event intensifies as the average temperature continues to rise due to climate change. Friederike Otto says that every heat wave around the globe is more likely because of climate change. A climate scientist from Imperial College of London's Grantham Institute‚ told the AFP. A study published last years record-breaking heat wave for the pacific northwest for example‚ it is almost impossible it could have happened without climate change. Normally‚ May temperatures are not recorded in the U.S. until the end of June or the beginning of July. This is similar to early scorching which saw the U.S. experience its hottest March and its hottest April in 122years.
In the next few days‚ Southern Asia will experience more severe heat.
Pakistan's temperature will surpass 50 degrees Celsius (122 degF) at certain places. It follows an extremely hot March‚ and the hottest April ever recorded.
It is unbearable. It is very hot in large areas of India.
Harsh heat will build in Southern Asia (again) in the coming days.
Pakistan will break 50°C (122°F) in places. This follows a very hot March and hottest April on record.
The heat really is relentless. Very hot also for large parts of India. pic.twitter.com/LJxFCFEqGL — Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) May 8, 2022
Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX). Global temperatures continue to trend upwards.
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration‚ the last seven years were the hottest in recorded history. This excess heat is responsible for many problems‚ including the recent one in the American Southwest. The United Nations released Wednesday a report that found the frequency and number of droughts has increased by 29% over the last 22 years due to increasing temperatures. Rising temperatures accelerate evaporation‚ disrupting normal weather patterns. The next few years will be even hotter unless mankind is able to either rapidly wean itself off fossil fuels or find ways to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Global surface temperatures rising by one year (NOAA) As NASA notes on its websiteIt is now clear that the effects of global warming caused by humans are already being felt and are likely to continue for many decades. This doesn't necessarily mean that winter will end‚ but it indicates that record-high temperatures are likely to continue outpacing lows. The National Center for Atmospheric Research conducted a 2009 study and found these facts. New record setting high temperatures New record low temperatures were beaten by 2 to 1. Computer models show that this disparity could grow to 20:1 in 2050‚ and 50:1 in 2100.