European Heat Checkup
Sunday February 24th… 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).
Last Monday I wrote a post pointing out how anomalously warm it would be across most of Europe this weekend noting a tremendously strong ridge at 500 millibars forecast to be centered near the Benelux countries this weekend:
Well, now it is verification time. The ridge should peak out at greater than 585 decameters by 12Z Monday with the center slightly farther west than forecast between Britain and the Netherlands:
The highest anomalies colored in grey are nearly off the scale.
The following are some reports I’ve seen the last few days in association with this big warm ridge for February:
Here are some European record temperatures:
Dear Diary. Here are some Monday morning updates:
Most were not complaining about the sunny skies and spring warmth, although I’m sure experiencing such felt odd:
Greta Thunburg, who has quickly become a champion speaking out to prevent climate change, knows how “off” the weather is and what’s at steak.
A comparable ridge over the summer would be a whole different matter producing many undesirable effects. One such ridge over Europe was responsible for over 1,000 heat related deaths in 2003. Let’s hope that this early heat dome is not a harbinger of things to come this year across Europe, or for that matter, anywhere across the Northern Hemisphere as spring becomes summer.
Here is some more climate and weather news from Sunday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
It was very windy today in the wake of “Quiana:”
And we had one ET from Alaska today:
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