Saturday August 3rd… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog 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).😉
Another Consequence Of The Arctic Heat Wave…Siberian Fires
With every slight tick upward of the global and Arctic thermometer we see more deadly consequences and feedback mechanisms coming into play. It would appear that July 2019 was the hottest month since records began in 1880. July’s European heat wave moved to Greenland, which led to more precious ice melt, which led to about a half millimeter of sea rise. In turn the loss of radiation reflecting ice around the Arctic region is leading to more heat, which is leading to…fires. The fires are in turn are releasing more carbon leading to more heat. The planet with about 410 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere appears to already be caught in a deadly feedback loop. And the real scary part here is that carbon levels, despite some initiatives, are not leveling off.
I tweeted out a bit of gallows humor last evening in association with another massive round of Siberian forest fires:
The fires, like the Paradis Fire in California from last year that I was referring to, are no laughing matter, though. Here is a full Inside Climate News article that you may want to read in its entirety:
Siberian Wildfires Prompt Russia to Declare a State of Emergency
Temperatures that have been soaring with climate change combined with lightning and winds to burn vast areas of forest and send smoke hundreds of miles into cities.
By HENRY FOY & NASTASSIA ASTRASHEUSKAYA, FINANCIAL TIMES
Jul 31, 2019
Volunteers fought a wildfire near a summer camp for children in Siberia in late May. With rising temperatures, wildfires have also broken out in Alaska and across the northern boreal forests this year. Credit: Kirill Shipitsin\TASS via Getty Images
I’ll keep a watchful eye out for any more consequences of anomalous Northern Hemisphere heat on what has become a very long summer season.
Here is more climate and weather news from Saturday:
(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.)
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”