Entries in Temperatures (6)


Record Temperatures Hit West Coast

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- The West Coast is preparing for what could be another three days of record temperatures, as Saturday’s heat has created dangerous conditions from California to Texas.

According to ABC Meteorologist Ginger Zee, Saturday saw record temperatures across the region. The temperature in Needles, Calif. reached 123 degrees, the highest ever in June. Sacramento, Calif. made it up to 107 degrees, San Antonio, Texas hit 108 and it was 119 in Phoenix. Salt Lake City has already seen four days of temperatures near 105 degrees.

That heat is expected to continue over the next few days. Las Vegas is expecting an all-time high of 117 degrees while Death Valley, Calif. will look to live up to its name with a scorching 129 degree temperature.

This heat is dangerous. One person is dead in Las Vegas, and dozen more have been hospitalized for heat-related illness. A woman in San Diego had to be air rescued after the heat made her sick while on a hike. Volunteers in Houston are bringing the homeless water and ice.

 Residents are advised to stay out of the sun and keep hydrated


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NOAA: 2012 Hottest Year on Record for Contiguous US

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Last year was a brutally hot one in the contiguous U.S.

Not only did the average temperature of 55.3 degrees prove to be the hottest recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, beating the 1998 record by one degree, but that same temp was 3.2 degrees higher than the 20th-century average.

Dialing it back to the previous year, NOAA said the 16-month stretch from June 2011 through September 2012 featured above normal temperatures during each of those months -- the longest period of higher-than-normal heat since records started being kept in 1895.

And if you're thinking this has something to do with climate change, federal scientists are telling Americans to go right ahead and think that because it's what they believe too.

Thomas R. Karl, who directs NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, says we should expect to see periods of sustained warmth from here on in, adding, "That doesn’t mean every season and every year is going to be breaking all-time records, but you’re going to see this with increasing frequency."

This also means that a pledge by world leaders in 2009 to keep global temperatures from rising above pre-industrial levels by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit before the end of the century is likely not possible.

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Tempers Rise as Temps Fall, Power Outages Persist in Wake of Sandy

Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tempers are beginning to flare as superstorm Sandy's victims woke in cold, dark homes on Friday to face yet another grinding day of waiting for help, while temperatures are forecast to drop into the 30s and a possible Nor'easter is on the way.

Nearly four million people spent a fourth day without electricity and some were told they will have to wait weeks to have their power restored.

In the meantime, many waited for hours in line yet again for scarce gasoline supplies, water and food, or endured marathon commutes.

Conditions will worsen for those without power as temperatures dip into the 30s this weekend, and the National Weather Service warns that a Nor'easter could rake the Northeast coastline starting Tuesday.

Some parts of the area hammered by Sandy feel they have been left behind in the rush to restore power to Manhattan.

Staten Island was one of the hardest-hit communities in New York City.  More than 80,000 residents are still without power, many are homeless, and at least 19 people died there because of the storm.

Four days after the storm, supplies are finally making their way to the borough and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro is boiling over in anger at what he sees as a slow relief effort.

"This is America, not a third world nation.  We need food, we need clothing," Molinaro said.

Red Cross worker Josh Lockwood, on Staten Island, defended relief efforts.

"So many people are in need right now on such a scale that getting the materials to them as quickly as we can so that their needs are met, that's the chief challenge," said Lockwood.

The Red Cross says it's trying to get more out-of-town volunteers to help with storm relief efforts in the Northeast.

President Obama held a call with state and local officials from New York, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to discuss the repair effort late Thursday night, according to a White House official.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Serino will travel to Staten Island on Friday to meet with state and local officials and inspect recovery efforts.

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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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US Sets New Records for Warmth

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For those looking for evidence of global warming, look no further than a new government report that says the past six months were the warmest January-through-June period for the U.S. since record keeping began in 1895.

The report says the past 12 months were also the warmest such period since 1895.  Every state in the lower 48 had warmer-than-average temperatures during the period from July 2011 to June 2012, except for Washington, which had temperatures near normal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report shows that at the end of June, 56 percent of the country was experiencing drought conditions.

The agency report says 2012 also gave us the warmest spring on record, and marked the first time that all three months of spring -- March, April and May -- ranked among the 10 warmest since 1895.

NOAA scientists say the average daily temperature for this past June in the lower 48 states was a full two degrees above the 20th-century average.

Better grab that sunscreen.

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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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