Friday, August 10, 2012
No, it's not just you; it was a scorching July
This past month wasn't just the hottest July on record, it was the hottest month in the recorded history of the continental United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature for the country was 77.6 F, more than three degrees above the 20th century average. The previous warmest July for the country was in 1936 when the average U.S. temperature was 77.4 F, the NOAA said. This unprecedented heat continues the country's literal hot streak. The first six months of the year were already the hottest January through June on record for the continental United States. This July also caps the warmest 12-month period the country has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895. Additionally, …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Temperatures will soar this afternoon and the heat index is expected to be more than 100 degrees.
Is your air conditioner running? If so, you'd better go catch it, because you'll really need it on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of northern Ohio. It starts at noon and runs through 9 p.m. A high temperature of 95 degrees is expected in Stow with the heat index, which factors temperature and humidity together to get what it really feels like outside, rising up near 110 degrees. Fortunately, this extreme heat is only going to be here for Tuesday. Wednesday, temperatures go back down into the 80s. And there's a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday as well, for those with thirsty yards. Click here for tips from the Stow Fire Department on how to avoid heat-related illness.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Continental U.S. also seeing record high temperatures
Statewide average temperatures dating to 1931 show Ohio is in the midst of the warmest year on record. Thomas Schmidlin, a geography professor at Kent State University, said statewide records show the average temperature from January to June in that 82 year span is 45.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Ohioans saw the coldest first six months of the year in 1978, when the statewide average temperature was 40.7 degrees. This year proved the warmest so far with an average temperature of 51 degrees. "Every month has been warmer than average this year, but the record warm March made this six-month period extraordinary," Schmidlin said. Ohio's not alone. The entire nation is seeing warmer temperatures this year, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Weather forecasts call for a heat index of 108 today, and a heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Summit County, as the heat index is expected to reach 108 degrees today. The advisory is in effect from noon until 9 p.m. tonight. If you plan to be outside, here's some tips to keep in mind: Get the complete detailed forecast here.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Fire Capt. Mark Stone shares tips and facts for the summer season when temperatures climb.
Excessive heat exposure caused more than 8,000 deaths between 1979 and 2003 in the United States and Fire Capt. Mark Stone shares his tips to staying safe this summer. "During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This is the time of year when we (Emergency Medical Services) see a rise in the number of calls we go on," said Stone. "Primarily the reason is because people become more active due to the nicer weather and may not realize their physical limitations." But when temperatures suddenly climb into the 90s, "It can actually take us several days to become acclimated to a …