The astonishing number of records, which were broken between June 28 and July 4, include 2,253 high and 936 low temperatures for the time period. It comes as more than 50 per cent of the country is reported to be in a drought, spanning from the East Coast to the Midwest. The heat wave comes as bad news for Midwest farmers whose corn crop was suffering from drought in the middle of a crucial growth phase. According to the national Drought Monitor, 56 per cent of the United States matches the qualifying factors and is considered to be in a drought, spanning from the East Coast to the midwest, including Noblesville, Indiana (pictured).
RECORD HIGHS ACROSS COUNTRY
Between 28 June and 4 July, 3,000 temperature records for the time period were broken across the country. Even more records were smashed on Thursday July 5, including:
Evansville, Indiana: 107 F (Old record 99 F – 1953)
Russellville, Arkansas: 107 F (105 F – 1964)
Paducah, Kentucky: 105 F (99 F – 1980)
St. Louis, Missouri: 105 F (102 – 1936)
Batesville, Arkansas: 104 F (100 F – 1943)
Madison, Wisconsin: 104 F (98 F – 1911)
Nashville, Tennessee: 104 F (101 F – 1954)
Chicago, Illinois: 103 F (102 F – 1911)
* After floods, firestorms and tornadoes now DROUGHT sweeps across America: More than half the U.S. devastated in heatwave as 3,000 temperature records smashed in past week.
* More than 3,000 records broken in one week – and even more are underway
* Drought conditions present in 56 per cent of the country
* Farmers struggling to maintain crops as fields battered by dry conditions
An astonishing 3,000 temperature records have been shattered across the U.S. over the past week as scorching heat and severe weather grips the nation.
The records, which were broken between June 28 and July 4, include 2,253 high and 936 low temperatures for the time period, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.
Among the cities affected, St. Louis, Missouri has seen the mercury soar past 100 degrees for eight days in a row – its second longest streak of 100-degree temperatures since 1936.
The staggering statistics come after severe weather battered the country – including devastating fires plaguing Colorado, tornadoes ravaging Washington D.C., and storms wiping out electricity for thousands on the east coast.
Dried up: The national Drought Monitor, 56 per cent of the entire country matches the qualifying factors and is considered to be in a drought, including this area in Noblesville, Indiana
Contributing factors: Long periods of record-high temperatures have lead to such drastic conditions
And now a drought can be added to the list as the long bouts of record-high temperatures prolong and intensify the drought conditions that are putting many in financial fear.
According to the national Drought Monitor, a staggering 56 per cent of the entire country matches the qualifying factors and is considered to be in a drought.
This is the highest percentage in the 12 years that the data have been compiled, topping the previous record of 55 per cent from August 26, 2003.
It also smashed data from the previous week by a massive five percentage points.
Brad Rippey, a meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told msnbc.com that unique conditions have allowed 2012 to nearly level the extremely dry 1988.
‘This year the high temperatures have certainly played into this drought,’ he said. ‘There’s a lot more evaporation and crop demands for water.’
Unbearable: The graphic shows the heat wave gripping the country, with the south and east most affected:
No end in sight: The projections for the rest of the summer show that there will not be relief any time soon.
~ Although please note in the South temps will begin to break Monday and be more normal for this time of year. Chicago has been having ‘August’ temps and that too will begin to break on Sunday. In Chicago being a concrete jungle, the heat index always adds between 5-10 degrees in what the weather feels like. In the middle of the country in Kansas, will also see a break Monday. Dallas too will finally see a rain & break in temps Monday. The not so good news is that it seems the heat bubble will be moving west. ~ JP
As the heat scorched crops across the country, corn and soybean prices jumped to new highs on Thursday.
‘It’s not only abnormally dry, but now you have 100 degree heat combined with the ongoing drought and it’s too much for the crop,’ Accuweather.com senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
Struggle: Firefighter Michael Mullins tries to cool off after battling a house fire in Huntsville, Alabama
Note that in July in Dixie we have seen 99 + so far for July. It began June 23rd
~ Already the Climate control morons using this, NEVER acknowledging TRUE weather cyclic factors. JUST Jumping on the global warming HISteria
‘I’ am here to shed some clarity:
Summer of 1901
The summer of 1901 set numerous high-temperature records during an extreme and unprecedented drought. Eight of those records still stand today. It also marked the fifth longest streak of days — 13 — with temperatures 100 degrees or higher.
Like the current heat wave, the drought of 1901 caused many setbacks for farmers and other residents. The Columbia Daily Tribune, which was founded in September of 1901
Summer of 1934
A third of a century later, the summer of 1934 blew 1901 out of the water with its record-breaking highs. It still holds 13 daily records in the summer months and boasts the second-longest streak — 15 days — of temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher. The heat wave started with unseasonably high temperatures in the high 90s and reached 100 degrees at the beginning of June.
Summer of 1936
The summer of 1936 earned distinction as the grandaddy of all Columbia (Missouri) heat waves. The summer of 1936 still holds 15 record highs and two streaks tied for the longest number of days — 16 — reaching or surpassing 100 degrees. The summer pounded the city with four different heat waves, as reported by the Tribune on Aug. 17 in an article titled “THERMOMETERS KEEP CLIMBING:”
Summer of 1980
The summer of 1980 still holds seven record-breaking highs and the third longest streak — at 14 in a row — of temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher. Unlike the previous record-breakers, the summer of 1980 brought another problem in addition to drought: electricity demand. Being the first modern heat wave to hit Columbia, 1980 was costly, as detailed in a July 9 Tribune article titled “Heat wave costly to Boone Electric”
Summer of 1988
The summer of 1988 brought the most recent record-breaking heat wave before this one; 1988 still holds six record highs. While not the most severe, it brought more attention than others from the community’s newspapers.
Now I can attest to the misery of the summer of 88′. I was pregnant with a very complicated pregnancy, nearly died. My son was born at the end of June and we did not see rain for two months, which is the only relief in Chicago heat. Summer, central and eastern U.S. saw a severe drought and heat wave killed an estimated 5,000–10,000 people, including heat stress-related deaths. Damages reached $40 billion. So before anyone buys into the Climate Control HISteria, that is exactly what it is. No different then the gun control instigation of ‘gun-walking’ or any other issue liberals want to control. This happens in cycles going back to when records first began.
Dates Affected Regions Deaths Damage
June through September 1980 East and Midwest Est. 10,000 (in St. Louis alone, 113) $20 billion
June through August 1988 East and Midwest Est. 5,000-10,000 $40 billion
July 1993 South and East In Philadelphia alone, 118 over a 3-week period $1 billion
July 1995 Midwest and Northeast Over 1,000 (in Chicago alone, 465) unknown
Note: Deaths include heat stress-related and damage includes crop losses due to drought.
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