Although the event occurred over three years ago, the summer heat wave of 2003 is still prominently featured in every popular presentation of the global warming issue. We have covered heat waves many times in the past at World Climate Report and shown that the link between extreme heat waves and global warming (or, at least, increasing death) is not nearly as strong as we are led to believe. As seen in Figure 1 below for June, July, and August of 2003, Europe was definitely ground-zero for what is certainly an extreme event. You can also read about the Royal Meteorological Society’s Urban Heat Island experiment in Manchester here.
Scientists say that human-induced climate change made this year's record heat more likely, and project that extreme heat will become more common in the United States. Only the European heat wave of 2003, which killed 35,000 - 50,000 people, and the incredible North American heat wave of July 1936, which set all-time extreme highest temperature records in fifteen U.S. One study has attempted to see how much the urban heat island effect has affected long temperature records, by comparing the temperatures recorded on calm nighst (big urban heat island effect) with those recorded on windy nights (less urban heat island effect) – this suggested that the long temperature records were not affected by the urban heat island effect. The Five's only liberal co-host Bob Beckel noted that record July heat is consistent with global warming, and was promptly dismissed by co-host Greg Gutfeld, who routinely denies that manmade global warming is occurring. The New York Times led the pack, mentioning climate change in more than half of its coverage (54.5%), and the Washington Post mentioned it in 26% of articles on July heat. This means that less energy is used up evaporating water, that less of the Sun’s energy is reflected and that more heat is stored by buildings and the ground in urban than in rural areas. A lot of research is currently going into understanding the urban micro-climate, and into finding ways of designing cities and building to minimise the effect of a changing climate – both by reducing the urban heat island, and by finding ways to cool the insides of buildings. The Wall Street Journal didn't mention climate change at all, although the paper had significantly fewer stories on extreme heat.
A comparison of the departure of sea surface temperature (SST) from average just prior the the start of the great European heat waves of 2003 and 2010. By ten days from now, the ECMWF model shows a strong trough of low pressure over Moscow, and a end to the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010.
The 2003 European heat wave was the hottest summer on record in Europe since at least 1540. Lack of precipitation, the absence of convection clouds, and the constant build up of hot air culminates into a phenomenon we know as “heat waves.” It usually happens during summer when high pressures in the jet stream suppress the warm air in the lower atmosphere.
As July came in, there were a total of 46 reported deaths all over the country caused by heat wave. You must wear loose clothes and lessen your physical activity during these seasons when heat wave strikes your area.
However the heat has brought with it violent thunder storms, heavy rain and lightning across northern England and the Midlands. As a result of the intense heat, European beaches are full of people hoping that the waters could at least normalize their body temperature. Many have died of heatstroke and there had been reports of people choosing to drown in pools and rivers than to die of extreme heat.
Epicenter was under the ocean in earth and it violently shakes the ocean that resulted into destructive waves that were up to meters high.
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The Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 brought temperatures of 37°C (99°F) to Moscow today, and smog and smoke from wildfires blanketed the city for a sixth straight day. Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:Yes the tropical wave east of the Antilles is the same one we were watching a couple days back. Two active systems, 93L & 94L in the Atlantic, but a heat wave in Russia seems to be more important to discuss. There is no question that the heat wave of 2003 was a natural disaster in Europe with a substantial loss of human life.


METHODOLOGY: We searched Nexis and Factiva databases for articles and segments on (extreme heat or record heat or heat wave or record high!) between July 1, 2012, and July 31, 2012.
Many of these deaths occurred in urban areas because of the combined effect of the heat wave with the urban micro-climate. In addition to occurring more frequently, at the end of this century these very hot days are projected to be about 10°F hotter than they are today. MSNBC was the only television network to regularly incorporate climate change into primetime segments on extreme heat.
In France, there were 14,802 heat-related deaths (mostly among the elderly) during the heat wave, according to the French National Institute of Health. Heat started in America during the first five months of the year, not even including August, which was usually the hottest month of the year. The other three cases of deaths due to heat wave were in Wisconsin and another two came from Tennessee. Aside from the tips mentioned, a person must also know the signs of heat stroke to prevent it from causing further harm. The heat wave led to health crises in several countries and combined with drought to create a crop shortfall in parts of Southern Europe. In 2003 hottest summer result a heat wave in Europe that was the deadliest in last 500 years’ time. I believe it is the same wave we were tracking a few days ago that appeared impressive.Yes extreme it had a persistent mid level circulation.
It generally seems to get bundled in with 1887 and 1933 - being well above average for its period. The Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 is one of the most intense, widespread, and long-lasting heat waves in world history. With rising high temperatures, extreme heat waves that are currently considered rare will occur more frequently in the future. But a Media Matters analysis of media coverage of record-breaking heat in July finds that major television outlets rarely made the connection between heat waves and a changing climate. All of these heat waves were caused by a highly unusual kink in the jet stream that remained locked in place for over a month. The jet stream is an upper-level river of air, between the altitudes of about 30,000 - 40,000 feet (10,000 - 12,000 meters). I expect that the current SST pattern over the ocean regions surrounding Europe played a key role in shifting the jet stream to create the heat wave of 2010.
Shukla (2010), "Influence of sea surface temperature on the European heat wave of 2003 summer. The cause was attributed to the high pressure air blocking the warm air in the middle layer of the atmosphere, causing heat to build up. But if we look in the history the deadliest disasters happened in recent years, the major responsible factors are the human beings themselves. The death toll from heat and air pollution increased to approximately 330 people per day in Moscow in recent days, according to the head of the Moscow health department.
An urban heat island is a metropolitan area which is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas. The statistics show that the recent bouts of extremely warm summers, including the intense heat wave afflicting the U.S. Overall, the major print outlets mentioned climate change in just over a quarter of articles on extreme heat. The heat generated by heating, cooling, transport and other energy uses also contributes, particularly in winter, as does the complex three dimensional structure of the urban landscape.
Note that the SST anomaly pattern is quite different this year compared to 2003, which may be why this year's heat wave hit Eastern Europe, and the 2003 heat wave hit Western Europe.


What made the Colorado wildfire a worldwide phenomenon is the extent to which several states were devastated, as well as the predisposing factors that gave heat waves a profound impact to the onset of the wildfires. The development of Birmingham’s UHI on the night of the 22nd July 2013, during a heat wave. They point to long-term higher night temperatures from global warming and the short-term effect of localized heat and drought that spike daytime temperatures.
Conversely, urban heat islands can have important consequences for which areas are most badly affected by fuel poverty. For example, an analysis of the European summer heat wave of 2003 found that the risk of such a heat wave is now roughly four times greater than it would have been in the absence of human-induced climate change.
These grim statistics suggest that in Moscow alone, the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 has likely killed at least 7,000 people so far. The 2003 summer heat wave was greatest in central France and Germany, and was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths across Europe.
Recent studies using an ensemble of models show that events that now occur once every 20 years are projected to occur about every other year in much of the country by the end of this century. A plot of the departure of July 2010 temperatures from average (Figure 1) shows that the area of Russia experiencing incredible heat is vast, and that regions southeast of Moscow have the hottest, relative to average.
Any season above that can considered to be above average for this period and well above average in the long term when considering quantity of TCs.
Teachers Notes on using WOW automatic weather station data to look for urban heat islands with corresponding PowerPoint2 for use in the plenary activity.
One of the main causes of the urban heat island is the fact that there is little bare earth and vegetation in urban areas. Moscow is the largest city in Russia, with a population just over ten million, but there are several other major cities in the heat wave region.
Borrow instruments and other lesson resources in order to carry out your own class urban heat island fieldwork. The only comparable heat wave in European history occurred in 2003, and killed an estimated 40,000 - 50,000 people, mostly in France and Italy. While the temperatures in that heat wave were not as extreme as the Russian heat wave, the nighttime low temperatures in the 2003 heat wave were considerably higher. I expect that by the time the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 is over, it may rival the 2003 European heat wave as the deadliest heat wave in world history.Figure 1.
A comparison of August temperatures, the peak of the great European heat wave of 2003 (left) with July temperatures from the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 (right) reveals that this year's heat wave is more intense and covers a wider area of Europe.
Alexander Frolov, head of Russia's weather service, said in a statement today, "Our ancestors haven't observed or registered a heat like that within 1,000 years. As I described in detail in Saturday's post, Belarus' new all-time extreme heat record gives the year 2010 the most national extreme heat records for a single year--seventeen. It is not a surprise that many all-time extreme heat records are being shattered when the planet as a whole is so warm. Global warming "loads the dice" to favor extreme heat events unprecedented in recorded history.July SSTs in the tropical Atlantic set a new recordSea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) in the Atlantic's Main Development Region for hurricanes had their warmest July on record, according to an analysis I did of historical SST data from the UK Hadley Center. These lower trade wind speeds were due to the fact that the Bermuda-Azores High had below-normal surface pressures over the past month. The Hurricane Hunters are on call to investigate 94L on Tuesday afternoon.93LA tropical wave (Invest 93) in the middle Atlantic Ocean is close to tropical depression status.



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