Heat wave turns deadly and expected to persist
Nearly 60 million people remain under a heat advisory or warning Tuesday, with scorching temperatures and humidity expected through the Fourth of July. Some places in the East may feel as hot as 100 to 110 degrees when taking into account the humidity and heat Tuesday, with advisories and warnings stretching from central Virginia to eastern Maine. The recent heat wave has left at least one person dead and two other deaths under investigation. A woman died Saturday in Pennsylvania while working in her garden in a heat-related death, according to the Blair County coroner's office.
Weeks of extreme heat and drought have baked Welsh fields to a crisp. But amidst the desiccated remains of crops, bizarre circles of green have emerged. While I would like to tell you it’s aliens, it’s definitely not aliens. It’s the remains of ancient settlements emerging from centuries of slumber.
These are crop marks, the 21st century’s answer to crop circles.
Great Britain as a whole has been facing wild run of heat, with Wales getting the worst of it. The country just had its hottest June on record, according to. The Porthmadog, a small port town in northwest Wales, recorded the hottest June temperature in the United Kingdom when it (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on June 28. At the same time, Wales recorded one of its five driest Junes on record, getting just 22 percent of its normal rainfall.
'Heat Dome' brings death, misery to US for Fourth of July
Millions of Americans are spending the Fourth of July focusing their red glare at the mercury, as a deadly heat wave engulfs parts of the U.S. -- including an oppressive “heat dome” affecting the East Coast. “Dangerous heat wave will continue across much of the central and northeast U.S. through the Independence Day holiday,” the National Weather Service warned on Wednesday.The NWS had issued a number of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for the Plains to the East Coast, warning of high temperatures in the 90s to the near 100s, as well as high humidity, with no relief expected anytime soon.
It’s no surprise the fields have dried out, but the halos and lines of green in their midst—dubbed crop marks—are a shock. They’re relics of the Iron Age, a period which lasted from roughly 800 B.C. until 50 A.D., showing where forts and settlements once existed.
Iron Age settlements in Wales were usually surrounded by ditches that acted as deterrents for would be invaders. Over time, those settlements were abandoned overrun by invading Romans, who effectively ended the Iron Age in the region. Top soil filled them in, making them both more fertile than the surrounding land and able to retain water. When the current drought hit, these relatively wetter, fertile patches of land have helped keep plants nourished even as everything around them dies, according to research by theRoyal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), which has been documenting the ghostly reminders of our ancestors.
Death Toll Hits 33 In Canadian Heat Wave
At least 33 deaths across Quebec are being blamed on an extreme heat wave that has gripped central and eastern Canada since Friday. Health officials announced the latest figure at a press conference Thursday morning. In Montreal, Quebec’s largest city, 18 people have died, mostly men aged 53-85, Canada’s Global News reported.Five more deaths were previously confirmed in Eastern Townships, two in Montérégie, one in Laval and one in Mauricie, the CBC reported Thursday.
This latest dry, hot spell has provided an exceptional opportunity to view and catalog the sites—some which were already known—from the air.
“We have had periods of dry weather in the past, where cropmarks and parching have exposed archaeology, but this current spell is really exceptional both in extent and longevity and the last time it was to this extent was probably back in the 1970s,” Louise Barker, a senior investigator of archeology at RCAHMW, told Earther.
It’s a weird juxtaposition of how we used to live and how the way in which we live now is messing with the planet. While no analysis has been done of the current heat wave racking the U.K., research has shown that climate change is almost certainly playing a role in making heat waves around the world more intense and likely to occur. Future projections indicate more of the same: Wales, and indeed all of the U.K. is projected to get hotter and drier in the future, according to projections.
Thousands without power in Los Angeles after high demand due to heat wave
Thousands of Los Angeles residents were left without power Saturday morning after a heat wave prompted high electricity demand throughout the city. "Friday's record-setting heat led to unprecedented peak electricity demand," according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). High demand caused power outages throughout city and left 34,500 customers in the dark -- without fans or air conditioning. The department said that figure accounts for about 2.5% of their 1.5 million customers.
“Whilst this obviously presents many challenges, one opportunity that arises from this is the discovery of new heritage sites in desiccated grassland and crops which are visible as parch and crop marks,” Barker said.
Climate change has afforded weird archeological opportunities elsewhere in the world. Melting glaciers have offered ain Norway and thousands of years ago on Alaska’s North Slope, . In a more modern twist, NASA climate scientist Ben Cook pointed Earther toward remnants of forgotten towns that appeared after the recent five-year California drought caused . At the same time, a rise in drought conditions is making looting more likely in Mongolia by affecting herding opportunities, showing just one of the many ways .
Soaring temperatures, humidity bring dangerous heat in South .
Scorching heat is spreading across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees and persist into next week.Load Error