Unprecedented: Northwest heat wave builds, records fall

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    • #431942
      Ohio Barbarian
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      PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Intense. Prolonged. Record-breaking. Unprecedented. Abnormal. Dangerous.

      That’s how the National Weather Service described the historic heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, pushing daytime temperatures into the triple digits, disrupting Olympic qualifying events and breaking all-time high temperature records in places unaccustomed to such extreme heat.

      Portland, Oregon, reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 Celsius) Sunday, breaking the all-time temperature record of 108 F (42.2C), which was set just a day earlier.

      In Eugene, Oregon, the U.S. track and field trials were halted Sunday afternoon and fans were asked to evacuate the stadium due to extreme heat. The National Weather Service said it hit 110 F (43.3 C) in Eugene, breaking the all-time record of 108 F (42.2 C).

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    • #431949
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      What kind of storms are brewing with this heat.

    • #431950
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      “The heat was hot, and the ground was dry…” @davidthegnome poses a good question. Here in the coastal area, we have a good deal of moisture. Extreme heat evaporates that moisture and transfers energy aloft. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are driven by heat, so we have one component available to create some spectacular storms in the Great Plains.

      • #431953
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        What did that song even mean? I have no idea.

        As for storms, we’re supposed to get some tropical downpours in NE Ohio this week. And it feels tropical, with humidity. I can’t complain much, though, highs in the upper 80s, with highs in the 70s for 4th of July weekend. My brother-in-law’s in Seattle. He and his wife spent the weekend in their basement. No A/C, you see. So much for the climate paradise.

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        • #431957
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          I think it’s one of those crystal dangling, aura scanning, self discovery things. Although it makes no sense, it sounds good, even though it puts me to sleep.

        • #431965
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          Though the “horse” metaphor really doesn’t fit psychedelics, as that’s actually a nickname for heroin. But the rest of the lyrics, especially the desert stuff, suggest that the writer was tripping on Peyote.

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          • #431968
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            I also became horrendously ill. Ugh. Never again.

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    • #431992
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      You want some weird lyrics, try this:

      Although Palm Springs is forecast to have a cooling trend this week, with highs in the lower 100s.

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    • #432022
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      This time, aided and abetted by the drought and global warming.

      And oddly, both western Oregon and Washington are predicted to be one of the areas most resilient to climate change.

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      • #432025
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        Like I said to someone else, at least get a window unit so you’re guaranteed one cool room to retreat to. I’m so glad I refused to look at a house without central air. Air-conditioned splendor is a wonderful thing. I’m enjoying it right now. It’s 87 and beastly humid at the moment.

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        • #432326
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          according to the shortage of homes for sale in larger MN. cities. Quite a few houses averaging 1-2 days on the market. Then bidding wars. People with money are snapping them ups displacing a lot of State residents or pushing them into rentals. Climate change.

          The crazy news is we are in a predicted heat and drought zone of the central US that will happen in short order. Watching with deep sadness while they cut down the north shore trees for housing..

          Animals know more than we do.

          • #432392
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            Firms like Blackrock are buying up entire new subdivisions across the country, and single-family homes, and turning them into rentals.

            I know there’s some immigration to the Midwest from the West, but anecdotal evidence suggests most of them are just Midwesterners moving back home for a variety of reasons. I don’t have any hard facts regarding how much of which is going on, though.

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    • #432382
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      https://truthout.org/articles/northwest-heat-wave-is-a-symptom-of-terrifying-runaway-climate-feedback-loops/

      The western U.S. appears to be caught in a positive climate feedback loop, though there is little objectively positive about it. A “feedback loop” from the perspective of climate change “is the equivalent of a vicious or virtuous circle — something that accelerates or decelerates a warming trend,” according to a BBC climate report from earlier this year. “A positive feedback accelerates a temperature rise, whereas a negative feedback decelerates it.”

      One example of a current and ongoing positive feedback loop is taking place in the Siberian tundra. Human-caused warming has led to the melting of the Siberian permafrost, which in turn has led to the release of billions of tons of methane out of the ground and into the atmosphere. Methane is a warming accelerant, one of the most dangerous kinds we are dealing with. When it gets dumped into the air in such quantities, warming is accelerated, more permafrost melts, more methane is released, warming is further accelerated, etc.

      The feedback loop out west — human-caused warming leading to a massive drought which exacerbates warming, etc. — has come to include the current heat dome phenomenon. Put bluntly, the dome is making every other climate-related impact worse, and the potential consequences go far beyond the dangers posed by high heat to human health.

      People out west are sitting in deep dread of the looming fire season, which could be worse than any we have seen. The drought has worsened, and the snow pack in the mountains — a vital feeder to the water table — is all but gone. With the arrival of the heat dome, much of the region is a bomb waiting to go off.

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