More than 200 record highs were broken on Friday throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast. And more records fell on Saturday.
Meteorologists said the recent hot streak, though not unprecedented, was unusual because of how early in the summer it struck and its duration.
…at least 46 deaths were tied to the heat over that period, according to a list compiled by the Weather Channel.
Fish are dying: Another sign of the (heat) times: thousands of dead fish – U.S. News.
In lakes and rivers across parched areas of the U.S., heat and lower water levels are reducing oxygen levels — and killing fish populations by the thousands.
At one lake in Delaware, up to 6,000 dead gizzard shad and 600 perch were found floating this week.
Tracks are warping derailing trains.
A “heat kink” is to blame for the Friday afternoon derailment of a Green Line inbound train en route to West Hyattsville Metro, according to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials.
Repairs are still in progress Saturday after the train derailed about 4:45 p.m. as a result of the “heat kink” where a section of the track expanded under high temperatures, according to a WMATA release. Temperatures reached as high as 98 degrees in Hyattsville, according to the National Weather Service website.
Weather 10 or twenty degree above normal isn’t global warming. A heat wave, even a massive epic heat wave, isn’t proof that global warming is real, any more than an epic cold wave or blizzard is evidence that global warming is fake.
This summer may be incredibly hot, and we had an unsually warm winter before it – but we really shouldn’t try to use that as evidence of global warming. Because if you do, when some colder-than-normal weather occurs somewhere, the cranks and liars that want to convince people that global warming is an elaborate fraud will use that the muddle things – and when they do, it’ll be our fault when people fall for it, because we’ll be the ones who primed them for that argument. As nice, as convenient, as convincing as it might seem to draw a correlation between a specific instance of extreme weather and global warming, we really need to stop doing it.
Now, what we CAN say is that this is what the world might be like if we continue on the current trend of rising average temps. It’s ugly. Native plants are dying, indigenous animals are having trouble. Crops may fail. We will have difficulty in adapting to overall increases in temps. But a blistering summer does not exactly mean it’s always going to be like this. Explanations for what is happening is a bit more complicated than “welcome to the newly warmed world”.