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    Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    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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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    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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    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 10F 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 20.5F above normal; the 35-day period in question had a mean temperature of 17.4F above normal
    - 25 days in July saw the minimum temperature exceed the normal mean temperature
    - Moscow set an all-time temperature record of 102F on July 30. Prior to 2010, the all-time record high temperature was 98F. 2010 has seen 9 days with high temperatures of 98F or above.

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

    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

    90F 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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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    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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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    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 10F 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 20.5F above normal; the 35-day period in question had a mean temperature of 17.4F above normal
    - 25 days in July saw the minimum temperature exceed the normal mean temperature
    - Moscow set an all-time temperature record of 102F on July 30. Prior to 2010, the all-time record high temperature was 98F. 2010 has seen 9 days with high temperatures of 98F or above.

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

    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

    90F 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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    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.
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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    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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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    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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    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 Nia 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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    Re: Deadly Russian heat wave gravest over millennium

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    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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