NASA’s heat map reveals dangerously high July temperatures across the United States

NASA’s heat map reveals dangerously high July temperatures across the United States

A NASA heat map of the United States on July 31, 2022 after rising temperatures throughout the month (NASA)

A NASA heat map of the United States on July 31, 2022 after rising temperatures throughout the month (NASA)

A new map released by NASA revealed how intense the heat was in the United States in July.

The animated map, created using satellite data and climate modeling, is bathed in dark red as brutally high temperatures gripped the country from Texas to California and New York to Florida.

The grim animation is a clear reminder of the dangerous heat wave the United States is facing this summer, a consequence of the escalating climate crisis.

In July, virtually all of the United States experienced above-average temperatures, NASA reported. In total, more than 150 million people – nearly half of the country – faced warnings or warnings as high-pressure “thermal domes” trapped hot air to create persistent heatwaves.

Heatwaves in the southeast, northeast and northwest are clearly visible on the map. But what really stands out is the constant warm dark red in the southern lowland states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, which have all seen repeated days with temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or above.

Temperatures in the plains reached 46 ° C, NASA revealed. When combined with the humidity, the temperature in some places felt like 120F (49C).

At one point, 100 million Americans were immediately warned or warned about the heat when high temperatures plummeted in the south and northeast, the most densely populated region in the country.

At least 43 places saw their hottest July on record, according to Aceincluding many cities in Texas.

And the heat was often inexorable. NASA reported that Utah saw 16 days with temperatures equal to or above 100F (38C) and Newark, New Jersey marked five consecutive days with triple-digit temperatures, both of which were record highs.

In late July, a heat wave hit the Pacific Northwest, causing up to 20 deaths in Oregon and Washington. While not nearly as disastrous or intense as last year’s heat dome in those states, which killed hundreds of people when temperatures exceeded 49C, this year’s heatwave once again proved. how vulnerable the normally temperate region is to extremes of warming.

But the heat isn’t over yet. Millions of Americans are again subject to heat warnings or warnings this week as temperatures in the southern, central and northeastern United States reach or exceed 100F (38C).

Europe also experienced a record heat wave last month. Temperatures in the UK first reached 40C (104F) and extreme heat killed nearly 2,000 people in Spain and Portugal.

Heat waves are becoming increasingly hot and frequent due to the climate crisis, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority in climate science.

The world has warmed about 1.1 ° C above pre-industrial temperatures. If the planet reaches 2 ° C warming, the heat waves that occurred once every 10 years would occur about every two years, the panel says.

July 2021 was the hottest month on Earth ever recorded, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Data is not yet available for this July.

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