Monday July 23rd… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:
Oh Canada! Global Warming Targets Ontario
With each passing year I am seeing stranger and stranger weather patterns that can definitely be associated with climate change. While subtle at first during the start of my career during the 1980s, like U.S. heat waves and droughts from that decade, now we are seeing phenomena at higher latitudes that can only be chalked up to a warming Earth. Attribution with these newer events, which I will describe on this post, should be much easier than those of thirty years ago. Today let’s look at three such events from this month.
First, my how hot Ontario and, in general, eastern Canada got this July. Check out this article describing widespread wildfires occurring in northeast Ontario near Hudson Bay:
Quoting from this article:
Parry Sound 33 is one of more than 63 fires burning in the region, with 20 of them out of control as of Sunday afternoon — a slight improvement from the previous night.
Firefighters and equipment have poured in from across Canada, the United States and Mexico to help Ontario-based crews. Five waterbombers were aiding hard-pressed ground crews in their struggle to contain the flames.
Palmer said they had to evacuate the entire park yesterday afternoon.
“It was a ‘grab your stuff and go’ moment yesterday,” he said. Heavy smoke filled the air and there was concern for the elderly and children, he said.
“The fire grew exponentially out of control. It’s not contained, it’s a wildfire,” he said. “We dumped everybody out of the park as fast as we could,” he said, noting that more than 200 vehicles were on site at the time.
Yesterday I wrote a post about the return of the Dipole and its effects on the U.S. Of course, the thing is affecting Canada, as well. Here is the 500 millibar pattern over North America from this morning:
Notice how warm it is across Canada and in particular James bay and Ontario. It’s no wonder that at the surface we are still getting reports like this:
The 47 C heat index in Fukuoka is equivalent to a ‘feels like’ temperature of 116 F. This is deadly heat capable of inflicting serious injury or death. However, if we keep burning fossil fuels places on Earth’s surface will start seeing heat indexes of 150 to 190 (F).
Where is it hot? Everywhere except central and SE North America, Argentina, Kazakhstan, central Siberia, and Greenland. https://climatereanalyzer.org/wx/DailySummary/#t2anom …
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