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Dangerous Heat, Storms and Strange Weather Patterns Hit Northeast U.S.

by , 07/19/13
filed under: Climate Change,Weather

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It happens every year - we whine about the cold and then summer hits and we whine about the heat. But this time, we really have something to whine about. Forecasters are warning of “dangerous” heat in parts of the northeast United States today, to be followed by severe thunderstorms and golf ball-sized hail stones. JFK airport broke a daily high temperature record of 100°F yesterday and the heat index, which is how heat and humidity feel to the body, inched up to 105 to 115°F in some parts. And the weirdest part? This high pressure monster is heading west, when it normally travels east.



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“The cities have excessive heat warnings in effect… Some people don’t have air conditioning, so that’s going to be an issue especially for the elderly and younger children as well,” said Michael Palmer, meteorologist at the Weather Channel. “We could see a few records in spots.”

This afternoon, high winds, thunderstorms and possibly a tornado are expected to cool the day off. Upstate New York, Michigan, eastern Wisconsin, northeast Illinois, and far northern Indiana will be hardest hit, according to US News.

At least one man has already died because of the heat wave that first started migrating in from Bermuda on July 11, and then it landed in Michigan by July, 15, Climate Central reports. And this is where it gets really weird.

“Yes, the evolution you describe of the upper-level low and high pressure ridge moving east to west is definitely unusual. But it is not easy to quantify really how unusual,” Jon Gottschalck, acting chief of the Operational Prediction Branch at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, told Climate Central.

Scientists are meeting at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in September to explore whether these “monster ridges” are becoming more frequent or intense as a result of global warming, according to NOAA.

Via US News, Climate Central

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