News and Updates from the Global Heatwave

Posted on August 2, 2010

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Three days ago I posted a list of the temperature records that have been broken this year globally.  This is an update–three days on–of that list.  Some temperature records have moved upward in the ongoing heatwave.  New records have sprung into place, notably the new, still-unofficial, Russian record—which adds another 1.4 degrees C (!) to the record just set a short time ago—as well as the new all-time national temperature record from Cypress.  That brings the total all-time national temperature records set this year to 15.

So far.

I’ve included some news relevant to the places where some of these heat records are being set.  Just to show that there are genuine consequences to climate change, and these consequences are showing up already.

  • Alajarvi (Finland) max. 33.6 [NEW]
  • Alatyr (Russia) max. 39.2 > 39.4
  • Belogorsk (Russia) max. 42.3 New territorial record high for Asian Russia
  • Bilma (Niger) max. 48.2 New national record high for Niger

Niger. Predictions of rising temperature are more confident. The consequence will be significant falls in crop yields for the period beyond 2020 due to shorter growing seasons.”  OneWorld.net

http://uk.oneworld.net/guides/niger/climate-change

  • Bogorodskoe (Russia) max. 37.1 [NEW]
  • Buzuluk (Russia) max. 39.3 > 39.9
  • Cernuska (Russia) max. 36.1 > 37.5
  • Elec (Russia) max. 38.5 > 38.7 > 39.8
  • Ersov (Russia) max. 41.2 [NEW]
  • Halsua (Finland) max. 33.3 [NEW]
  • Hameenlinna (Finland) max. 33.4 [NEW]
  • Hyvinkaa (Finland) max. 34 > 34.1
  • Ilomantsi (Finland) max. 34.8 > 34.9
  • Jamsa (Finland) max. 32.9 > 34.4
  • Jaskul (Russia) max. 44  New national record high for Russia (international stations)
  • Juuka (Finland) max. 34.5 [NEW]
  • Kauhava (Finland) max 33.5 [NEW]
  • Kazan (Russia) max. 38.3 > 39

Low rainfall and hot temperatures damaged 32 percent of the country’s grain crops, said Russian Agriculture Minister, Yelena Skrynnik on July 23.” NASA Earth Observatory.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=44743

  • Koz’Modem’Jansk (Russia) max. 36.9 > 38.3
  • Krisiinankaupunki (Finland) max. 33.4 [NEW]
  • Kruunupyy (Finland) max. 32.5 > 34.3
  • Kuhmo (Finland) max. 35.3 > 35.4
  • Kuopio Airport (Finland) max. 33.8 [NEW]
  • Kuwait City (Kuwait) max. 51.6

The seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay has been increasing at three times the global average rate since 1985, putting local fish stocks under pressure.” 23 Dec 2009 The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091223/FOREIGN/712229866/1138/OPINION

  • Lefkoniko (Cyprus) max. 46.6 New national record high for Cyprus. [NEW]
  • Lodeynoeye (Russia) max. 36.7 [NEW]
  • Lukhansk (Ukraine) max. 41.3 [NEW] Ties national record high for the Ukraine.
  • Lukojanov (Russia) max. 38.8 > 39.2
  • Maaninka (Finland) max. 35 [NEW]
  • Moscow Observatory (Russia) max. 38.2

 

Moscow.Peat bog fires on the outskirts of the city have also meant that on several days the capital has been shrouded in acrid smog.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-declares-emergency-as-forest-fires-rage-2041695.html

  • Nicosia Airport (Cyprus) max 45 [NEW]
  • Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) max. 38.3

Two more bodies were discovered Sunday in a burnt-out village in the Nizhny Novgorod region, the emergency ministry’s regional branch said, raising the official death toll to 30.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100801/wl_afp/russiaheatwavefire

  • Nolinsk (Russia) max. 36.9 > 37.3
  • Nurmijarvi (Finland) max. 33 > 33.6
  • Penza (Russia) max. 40 > 40.6
  • Pugachev (Russia) max. 42.7 [NEW]
  • Puolanka (Finland) max. 33.1 > 33.3
  • Puumala (Finland) max. 33.9 > 34.1
  • Pyhajarvi (Finland) max. 33.3 [NEW]
  • Raqqa (Syria) max. 46.7

Syria.According to government and UN estimates, 1.3 million people have been affected by drought over the past three years, 95 percent of whom are from the governorates of al-Hassake, Dayr al-Zawr and al-Raqqa.” Middle East Online, June 29, 2010

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=39827

  • Rostov Na Donu (Russia) max. 40.1 [NEW]
  • Safawi (Jordan) max. 47.2 [NEW]
  • Samara (Russia) max. 41 > 41.5 > 42.5
  • Seinajoki (Finland) max. 33.6 [NEW]
  • Sergach (Russia) max. 40.3 [NEW]
  • Syzran (Russia) max. 39 > 39.8 > 40.4
  • Ulyanovsk (Russia) max. 38.9 > 39.3
  • Ust Kara (Russia) max. 42.7 New territorial record high for Asian Russia. [NEW]
  • Utta (Russia) max. 45.4 New national record high for Russia (unofficial.)
  • Valtimo (Finland) max. 34.8 [NEW]
  • Vesanto (Finland) max. 34.2 [NEW]
  • Vierema (Finland) max. 33.7 [NEW]
  • Vihti (Finland) max. 33.8 [NEW]
  • Viitasaari (Finland) max. 33.9 [NEW]
  • Volgograd (Russia) max. 40.6 > 41.1
  • Voronezh (Russia) max. 40.1

Russia forest fires spread in record heatwave.  “In the Voronezh region, one of those worst-hit, almost 600 people have been left homeless.”

 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view/20100802-284457/Russia-forest-fires-spread-in-record-heatwave

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Source for the temperature data: Extreme temperatures around the world.

http://www.mherrera.org/temp.htm

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