Heat top 2010 weather story says Weather Channel
The Weather Channel (TWC) has ranked the top 10 weather stories of 2010, and heat is #1.
TWC assembled an impressive list of heat records from around the world to justify its choice, including [bold, emphasis added]:
Hottest summer on record: Louisville... New York City ...Raleigh ... Asheville, N.C ... Greenville, S.C ... Miami ... W. Palm Beach ... Ft. Lauderdale ... Washington, D.C. ... Baltimore ... Monroe, La ... Little Rock ... Tallahassee ... Gainesville, Fla ... also for 10 states (RI, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NC, TN, SC, GA, AL).
Globe's hottest first six months of a year on record
Hottest so late in the season: Memphis (100 on Sep. 20) ... Washington, D.C. (99 on Sep. 24) ... Los Angeles (98 on Nov. 3) ... San Diego (100 on Nov. 4) ... Fresno, Calif. (90 on Nov. 5).
Moscow, Russia's record hot summer: Parts of city reach 100 degrees for first time on record. Some parts for 5 days! Choking smog from peat fires in western Russia. Mortality rate doubled in Moscow. Head of state weather service: "Worst heatwave in 1000 years of recorded Russian history."
The above are just a few examples in TWC's excellent aggregation, so check out the full list yourself.
Perhaps the top weather story of 2010 in Washington, D.C. (though you could also make a strong argument for heat), "Snowmageddon" ranked 6 on TWC's list, which considered weather stories from all over the world. Nonetheless, TWC was clearly impressed by the mid-Atlantic's winter, noting historic snowfall totals about four times above average in Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlantic City, and Wilmington while recalling the individual major storms.
Here's the full top 10 list...
#1: Heating up the Globe
#2: Atlantic Hurricane Season
#3: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
#4: Pakistan Flooding
#5: Haiti Earthquake
#6: Winter 2009-2010: "Snowmageddon"
#7: U.S. Flooding
#9: Iceland Volcano
#10: Wild December
It's interesting that TWC included three stories that were not strictly weather in its list. The oil spill was an environmental disaster and the Haiti earthquake and Iceland volcano were geologic events. Nonetheless, I suppose it's not a stretch to argue these events should be included given the interconnectedness of the environmental/earth sciences with weather. Would I have included them? Probably not.
Early next week, Capital Weather Gang will post a comprehensive review of 2010's weather in Washington along with some of our favorite weather images of the year.
| December 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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