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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Temperature Extremes

Record warmth in 2010, despite cooling influences

No matter how you crunch the data, 2010 is certain to go down in history as one of the warmest - if not the warmest - years since the beginning of instrumental records in the late 19th century. This is despite the recent cold and snowy weather in much of the U.S. and across Europe. All three widely cited surface temperature datasets show that 2010 will most likely rank near the very top of the list - a remarkable feat considering that two factors that tend to cause cooler-than-average conditions were present for all or part of the year - a La Nina event and a "quiet" sun.

By Andrew Freedman  | January 4, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Latest, Local Climate, Science, Temperature Extremes  
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Thinking cool thoughts during the heat wave

I am acutely aware that it's hot outside, since the idea of writing a blog post on the ongoing heat wave, and the heat that preceded it in June, has caused me to start sweating. Well, that and the fact that it is ridiculously hot outside. Did I mention that it's hot out? I'm not sure if I did, since the heat is making me a bit woozy.

By Andrew Freedman  | July 6, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, News & Notes, Science, Temperature Extremes  
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Hypothermia in summer: The storms of 8/3/2002

More people die from hypothermia in summer than in winter. Subfreezing temperatures are not a requirement for hypothermia to occur. All that is needed is for weather conditions or water temperatures to lower one's core body temperature below 95°F. This can happen in the summer, when people are less prepared for cold conditions. If I would've read the paragraph above before Aug. 3, 2002, I probably would'nt have paid too much attention. Well, on Aug. 3, 2002, I learned first-hand that even during summer, hypothermia can be as dangerous a threat as heat.

By Kevin Ambrose  | April 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Temperature Extremes, Thunderstorms  
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Freedman: Hot Summers in our Future

A new study shows that in future summers, many parts of the world may experience unusually hot weather that more closely resembles conditions found today in places like Death Valley, California and the Sahara Desert in Africa. The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters by a group of...

By Andrew Freedman  | August 18, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Climate Change, Environment, Freedman, Media, Temperature Extremes  
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Scattered T-storms Provide Brief Heat Relief

98 ties record at Reagan National *Heat Advisory in effect 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday* *Excessive Heat Watch Sunday evening through Monday afternoon* Scattered thunderstorms have prompted a few Severe Thunderstorm Warnings across the area and provided a brief but welcome cool down for those in their path (please,...

By Dan Stillman  | June 7, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Temperature Extremes  
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Fast Forward to Spring

No daffodils will be in bloom, but temperatures near 70 today and tomorrow may make you think it's late April rather than early February. These temperatures are some 25 degrees above normal....

By Josh Larson  | February 5, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Temperature Extremes  
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