[Vision2020] 103 F. NYC, 102 Philly, Hartford, Providence All Set Record Highs as East Coast Broils, Power Grid Tested

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 15:02:02 PDT 2010


And consider, the entire area of the US, including Alaska, Hawaii, both land
and water (lakes, rivers), is only 1.9% of total global surface area,
including all land and water (our planet's oceans are 70% of total global
surface area, so most of global weather does not happen where people live,
except for whatever ocean vessels people occupy).

The entire US could be either in a heat wave or cold spell, and this could
indicate very little about global climate trends.
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Shawn Clabough <shawnc at outtrack.com> wrote:

>  I seem to recall some politicians stating during the snow storm in these
> same areas last year that it dispelled AGW.  <sarcasm>With the opposite
> weather right now, are they saying that this confirms it?</sarcasm>.
> For me, I understand the difference between weather and climate and the
> weather then and now by themselves proves nothing.
> Shawn
> *From:* vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:
> vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] *On Behalf Of *Ted Moffett
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 06, 2010 4:03 PM
> *To:* Moscow Vision 2020
> *Subject:* [Vision2020] 103 F. NYC, 102 Philly, Hartford, Providence All
> Set Record Highs as East Coast Broils, Power Grid Tested
> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38097524/ns/weather
>   East Coast temps reach 100, power grid tested New York electricity crews
> working extra hours as demand could set record
> updated 1 hour 17 minutes ago
> NEW YORK — The East Coast broiled under an unforgiving sun Tuesday as
> record-toppling temperatures soared to 100 or higher in several cities,
> utility companies cranked out power to cool the sweating masses and the
> unlucky sought any oasis they could find.
> The temperature hit 103 degrees in New York City and 102 in Philadelphia,
> breaking records for the day, both set in 1999. The temperature also soared
> past the century mark in Boston, Washington and Newark, N.J., and broke
> records in Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn.
> After an extended Fourth of July weekend when temperatures inched into at
> least the 90s from Maine to Texas, The National Weather Service issued heat
> advisories until Wednesday night for much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic,
> including an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area.
> With people cranking up their air conditioning, energy officials predicted
> near-record demand for power.
> "It will be a challenge," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, although
> utilities and regional electrical system operators cited ample generation
> capacity and expected no major blackouts. Just a smattering of power
> failures were reported.
> Even so, those without air conditioning were left to cope as they could. On
> the baking streets of the Bronx, 14-year-old Miguel Pena and 13-year-old
> Vincent Quiles walked their bicycles up a steep hill, white handkerchiefs
> around their heads to keep the sweat out of their eyes.
> "Man, this stinks," Miguel said. "We just got out of school and this is
> supposed to be when we have fun, but this is too much. We thought it would
> be cooler on the bike, but now we're going home. It's just too hot."
> Added Vincent: "You can't breathe out here."
> The hot air is "sitting over the top of us, and it's not really going to
> budge much for the next day or two," said Brian Korty, a meteorologist with
> the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. After that, he said, a
> system coming in off the Atlantic Ocean would bring in cooler weather.
> Authorities in some places Tuesday began calling the hot stretch a heat
> wave, a phenomenon defined by at least three consecutive days of
> temperatures of 90 or above. Newark handily beat that threshold Tuesday,
> hitting at least 100 for the third day in a row.
> It was so hot that even machines had to slow down. Transportation officials
> cut the speed of commuter trains in suburban Washington when the tracks got
> too hot because extreme heat can cause welded rails to bend under pressure.
> Workers at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J., used
> tubs of ice cubes to help four sick or weak seals keep cool.
> It wasn't much easier on animal lovers. In Massachusetts, Katie Wright was
> determined to follow through on her promise to take her children to a zoo.
> "It's pretty ridiculous," Wright said as her 3-year-old son Jackson and
> 2-year-old daughter Emery watched owls and hawks at the Massachusetts
> Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. "But we wanted to get
> out, so we brought hats, sunscreen, extra water and then promised the kids
> lunch at an air-conditioned restaurant."
> At his Manhattan newsstand, a steel kiosk that soaks up sun like a sponge,
> vendor Sam Doctor said the only way to keep cool was to splash his head with
> water, but he acknowledged that his system wouldn't last. Both of his
> soda-cooling refrigerators had already conked out by midmorning.
> "When it's 100 degrees out there, it's 110 in here," he said, still smiling
> as he served customers.
> In Philadelphia, where the temperature was in the 80s before 7 a.m.,
> 45-year-old Davey Adams waited in a subway station that was stagnant even
> before the morning commute began in earnest. He had spent the weekend in
> air-conditioned bliss at his son's house in New Jersey but had to return to
> his job Tuesday as a forklift driver in a warehouse.
> He said he planned to use "cold water and a washcloth" draped over his head
> to keep cool.
> In New York, 13 firefighters were treated at a hospital after suffering
> dehydration and exhaustion while battling a blaze in Queens. The 42-year-old
> lieutenant governor of Massachusetts spent Monday night in a hospital after
> marching in five parades in 90-degree heat.
> Deaths blamed on the heat included a 92-year-old Philadelphia woman whose
> body was found Monday and a homeless woman found lying next to a car Sunday
> in suburban Detroit.
> In Washington, where the thermometer climbed to 100 degrees by
> mid-afternoon, President Barack Obama warned reporters about to leave the
> Oval Office: "Stay cool out there. Hydrate."
> Even the queen of England, a familiar visitor to exotic and steamy places,
> may find summertime on the East Coast a grueling experience. The 84-year-old
> monarch landed in New York during the hottest part of the day on her visit
> to the city in more than three decades; she planned to address the United
> Nations and pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks
> In downtown Philadelphia, pedestrians and drivers appeared to move a little
> more slowly in the heat, which combined high humidity with clear sunny skies
> that made sidewalks hot and asphalt sticky.
> Robert McCarron, 44, wore a navy suit and tie as he walked four blocks from
> a downtown subway station to an office building where he was due for a job
> interview.
> "If I was going to a job" instead of just an interview, he said, "you'd
> better believe I wouldn't be wearing a suit. This is rough, and it's only
> going to get hotter."
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