Entries in Summer (7)


It's a Cruel Summer but Maybe Not the Cruelest

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're old enough to remember when Harry Truman was president, you're probably all too aware that this has been one of the hottest summers of your life.

Whether it will make the top three hottest summers since 1950 won't be determined until we get through August and meteorologists have gathered all the data for the three months that make up the season.

While much of the country has been baking in above-average temperatures for most of June and July, a report that this month broke the all-time record set in 1936 is inaccurate, according to Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

In an email to LiveScience, Crouch said the interpretation of weather data used was incorrect.  However, he did acknowledge that this has been a warmer than usual July.

Yet, as much as people complain about high temps and the humidity, what hasn't happened is the expansion of the core of heat in the country's midsection to the rest of the U.S.  Heat waves haven't been sustained even after making it to the Northeast and parts of the Southeast.

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Heat Wave Strikes Northeast as Summer Begins

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Summer officially kicks off on Wednesday and many across the U.S. will certainly be feeling the heat.

In the Midwest, Chicagoans are in store for the hottest start to the season in over three decades.  Temperatures in the Illinois city are expected to hit the 90s on Wednesday for the 13th day this year, tying a record set back in 1977.

But the real heat will be concentrated over the Northeast, where 13 states are under heat warnings and advisories.  Temperatures there are expected to hit the mid- to high-90s on Wednesday, marking more than a 20-degree jump in less than 24 hours.

The weather will be even hotter on Thursday across the Northeast, with actual air temperatures of 100 possible from Washington, D.C., to Boston.  If that happens, many major cities could break records.

The heat wave will continue in the region through Friday, when temperatures are also expected to hit the 90s, before cooling off over the weekend.

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Heat Wave Sweeps US; NOAA Says Spring Flood Risk Low

NOAA(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in four years, there is no major flood risk warning in effect for any part of the United States, according to NOAA’s annual Spring Outlook.

“The U.S. is getting a much needed spring break,” said Laura Furgione, deputy director of the National Weather Service, part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.  “What a difference a year makes.”

Spring officially begins next Tuesday, and is proving to be very different from the record spring flooding the country saw in 2011. Most of the country is at normal or below-normal risk for floods this year, according to NOAA’s forecast of the flood potential from April to June.

Last year, almost half the country had an above average risk of flooding,” Furgione said at NOAA’s teleconference Thursday afternoon. “That is a stark contrast to this year.”

The only areas with above-normal flood risks are the Ohio River Valley and parts of the Gulf Coast, though Furgione said, “Heavy rainfall can lead to flooding at any time.”

Forecasters say drought conditions will persist through spring across the southern and southwestern parts of the U.S.

“This is the fifty-first consecutive week where at least two-thirds of Texas have been at risk for severe, extreme or exceptional drought,” said David Brown, director of Southern Region Climate Services.

As the peak of wildfire season approaches, drought conditions are concerning for parts of the country that sustained heavy losses last year, particularly Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. But drought situations have also emerged in the Southeast. More than three-fourths of Georgia face severe drought conditions. If the droughts persist, Brown said, it could result in an active wildfire season.

NOAA summed up the 2012 drought situation at the teleconference as “more less severe droughts [compared to 2011], but less more extreme droughts.”

Another hot topic right now is the rising heat index across the country. The famous cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital will be in peak bloom more than two weeks ahead of schedule this year, and farmers around the country are gearing up for the unseasonably warm temperatures. On Wednesday alone, 400 new record highs were recorded, in addition to 177 low temperatures that were warmer than any on record for those locations on a March 14.  That made for a total of 577 new warmth records from Florida to Wisconsin.

NOAA managers said they cannot say for certain if the rising heat index is connected to global climate change.

“Extreme events like the ones that we’re seeing are consistent with the notion that the climate is changing towards warmer, and obviously when records are broken that’s an unprecedented event, but without a lot of research and study it’s impossible to connect any single event with climate change,” said Ed O’Lenic, chief of the operations branch at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The monthly forecast calls for a continuation of above-normal temperatures for at least the rest of the month, and the Southwest, South and Eastern United States should prepare for an even hotter summer.

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Heat Wave Sets Sights on East Coast

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This week, the East Coast is expected to get a taste of what life has been like for the Midwest and Gulf Coast for days and even weeks, but the heat wave isn't exactly moving on -- it's just growing larger.

Nearly 200 million sweltered in dangerously high temperatures Wednesday. There are heat warnings and advisories in 36 states, and temperatures in many areas have broken the 100-degree mark.

The National Weather Service attributed the extreme weather to a heat "dome" sitting over much of the nation. The "dome" is caused by a huge area of high pressure that traps and compresses hot, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico.

The heat wave has set more than 200 records since Friday. In Chicago, temperatures were in the high 90s Wednesday, although it felt like 105 or hotter.

To make matters worse, some area residents had to cope with no air conditioning because of a power outage.

In Minnesota, the heat index hit 134 degrees Tuesday. In Iowa, blistering heat buckled highways. And in South Carolina, residents prepared for a second major heat wave as the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Wednesday.

Schools in Tennessee, where a heat advisory is in effect for the western half of the state, rescheduled practices and scrimmages for their student-athletes as weathercasters predicted heat indexes of 110.

As some major U.S. cities prepared to keep public swimming pools open longer to help residents beat the heat, in Detroit, where temperatures rose into the 90s, county officials discussed closing the city's only water park because of budget cuts. Thirteen public schools in Detroit were opened as cooling stations.

For those in the Midwest hoping to take a dip in a lake or pond, the severe heat has also helped a dangerous algae to thrive, threatening swimmers and livestock. Blue-green algae can cause skin irritations and even damage the liver and central nervous system.

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Scorcher! Parts of US Remain Near, At, Triple-Digit Temperatures

File photo. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Although the Northeast will get some relief in the coming days from the heat wave that is baking half of the U.S., states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas will continue to cook with very little relief from thunderstorms and cooling temperatures.'s expert senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said the high pressure system keeping parts of the country near or over 100 degrees -- from the New York metropolitan area to Kansas to Texas -- would likely be around for a while.

"We are entering the hottest part of the summer, traditionally, from mid-July to the first part of August," he said of the "dog days" of summer.

Sosnowski said the heat was really taking its toll on places that had been suffering from extreme heat since early June, but that many communities in the core of the high pressure system causing the heat would likely remain oppressively hot through July.

"It's really getting out of hand," Sosnowski said. "We really don't see anything big to change this weather pattern."

In Tennessee, where Nashville was enduring its second day of triple-digit temperatures, Justin Bruce, the morning meteorologist at ABC affiliate WKRN-TV, said that the city's temperatures had reached 100 degrees Monday.

"When you factor in humidity, the heat index was 114," he said. "We talked to the National Weather Service and they could not recall any time in the last several years when the heat index was 114."

On Tuesday, the city's temperatures were back around 100 with a heat index of 105-115. "It's pretty stinky," said Bruce, who added that typically the average high in Nashville was around 89 degrees.

Kraig Roozeboom, a crop production specialist at Kansas State University, said the heat combined with a drought that has been around since last fall, was affecting the state's corn crop. In Wichita, temperatures hit 111 Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

Tuesday's temperatures were in the 90s. The weather service issued an excessive heat warning through the evening for much of the state's northeast and several southern counties.

Kansas is the nation's sixth-largest corn producer, harvesting 581.2 million bushels last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The service rated about 18 percent of the corn in poor to very poor condition this year, with 31 percent rated as fair. Only 8 percent was rated excellent.

"We always have heat," Roozeboom told ABC News. "One of the issues is it's getting hotter much earlier and staying hot."

Roozebum said that some of the corn crop was a "total loss" and that this year much of the state was suffering.

"This is a pretty bad year. Worse than normal," he said.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Ranked as Top US Beach

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEWTON, Mass.) -- If you’re planning a beach vacation this summer, would like you to know the number-one sand and surf location in the U.S. is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The location was named the top beach in America and the seventh best world beach destination based on ratings by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.  The beach at Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos was ranked the top world beach destination.

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey of some 2,100 U.S. adults, 68 percent are planning a beach vacation in 2011, with 54 percent planning a trip to a U.S. beach destination.

Here are TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Beaches Award-winning U.S. Beach Destinations:

1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2. Cape May, New Jersey
3. Panama City Beach, Florida
4. Miami Beach, Florida
5. Sanibel Island, Florida
6. Clearwater, Florida
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
8. Captiva Island, Florida
9. Poipu, Hawaii
10. Siesta Key, Florida

Here are TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Beaches Award-winning World Beach Destinations:

1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
2. Boracay, Philippines
3. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba
4. Negril, Jamaica
5. Tulum, Mexico
6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
8. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
9. Cape May, New Jersey
10. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica´╗┐

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Record Heat Scorches Downtown Los Angeles

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Record heat hit the Los Angeles area Monday, with temperatures topping 113 degrees.

"It's 101 [degrees] in my home right now," resident Herbert Pineda told ABC News. "It's horrible."

Monday's temperature is an all-time high for downtown L.A. The previous record was 112 degrees, set on June 26, 1990.´╗┐

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