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January 4, 2014
We usually don’t call something ‘life threatening.’ But yes, we want people to know that this is very much a life-threatening event.
Ken Simosko, meteorologist from Bismarck, North Dakota • Commenting on the intense so-called “polar vortex” reportedly working its way down through the US, funneling freezing North Pole air as far south as the Gulf Coast. Areas in North Dakota and Minnesota are forecasted to sustain a ghoulish wind chill of around minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is, as Simosko emphasized, a dire condition for public health — such temperatures could, he said, cause the onset of frostbite in a mere five minutes. If you’re in the throes of this awful cold tonight, tomorrow, or going into the future, especially throughout the northeast and midwest, please take every precaution to keep yourself safe from the elements. source
20:46 // 6 months ago
January 8, 2013

U.S. mark for hottest year broken in 2012

  • 55.3°F the average temperature in the United States in 2012, shattering the mark for our hottest year on record by a full degree. source
20:06 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2012

Death Valley regains its crown as hottest place ever

  • 134° F the temperature the infamously hot spot in California’s Mojave Desert reached in 1913. 
  • 136.4° F the temperature a less-heralded hot spot, El Azizia, Libya, reached on September 13, 1922, breaking Death Valley’s record … or so it seemed.
  • recount! exactly 90 years ago, meteorologists say, the guy who caught the record temperature did a few things which put his temperature into doubt. First, he was inexperienced; second, he was using a poor temperature-reading tool that could be easily misread; and third, the area in which the temperature was unusual for the region. The result? Death Valley regains its crown! source
19:53 // 1 year ago
July 8, 2012
climateadaptation:

Tarmac melts, causing flight cancellations at USA’s capital airport, Reagan National, Washington DC. This demonstrates the need for climate adaptation of America’s (rather embarrassing) infrastructure.
Via NYC Aviation FB.

Yes, those are sunken-in wheels. Holy wow.

climateadaptation:

Tarmac melts, causing flight cancellations at USA’s capital airport, Reagan National, Washington DC. This demonstrates the need for climate adaptation of America’s (rather embarrassing) infrastructure.

Via NYC Aviation FB.

Yes, those are sunken-in wheels. Holy wow.

11:38 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2012

East coast ravaged by heat wave while many without electricity

  • 1.8 mil east coasters left without power during a sweltering heat wave, following last Friday’s disruptive storm
  • 22 the death toll attributed to that scorching heat, which authorities fear will continue to rise
  • 3,167 heat records that were broken in the U.S. during June 2012, according to ABC News source
19:39 // 2 years ago