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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Those hot summer nights

Posted By on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Here's an interesting announcement of a news conference by an environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, about the hot summer. We didn't experience just record-setting average temperatures. A gruesome factor was record night-time temperatures. Normal evening cooling did not occur. Arkansas was among 37 states that set night-time high records, the NRDC says.

I'll leave it to y'all to argue trends, climate change and all the rest. I'm just happy to have my feeling confirmed that it was a miserable summer.

NEWS RELEASE

While it is common knowledge that the summer of 2010 posted record-high temperatures in Arkansas and across the United States, almost no attention has been paid so far to the equally disturbing trend of pervasive record high night-time temperatures where evening cooling did not occur this summer, according to a new analysis to be released at 10 a.m. CDT Thursday (September 16, 2010) by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Arkansas and three dozen other states (and a correspondingly significant share of the nation’s population) contain weather stations that recorded record high night-time temperatures, the “dark side of climate change” under which temperatures do not cool off overnight. . The NRDC analysis breaks out the number of U.S. counties and their respective population that experienced these record night-time temperatures.

The 37 states with record high night-time temperatures highlighted in the report are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

News event speakers will be:

* Dan Lashof, director, Climate Center, Natural Resources Defense Council; and

* Kim Knowlton, senior scientist, Global Warming and Health Project, Natural Resources Defense Council.

The NRDC analysis outlines the danger in terms of heat deaths and other impacts that are linked to the growing problem of summer temperatures that do not drop overnight.

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