Tag: 2012

Denying The Power…

Terry James 90x115by Terry James

The year 2012 has brought with it strange geophysical manifestations. The heat and storms of recent days are unprecedented in many cases, in terms of records falling. Power outages in parts of the nation are particularly thought provoking. The following excerpt encapsulates the plight of many Americans as I write this commentary.

WASHINGTON — Millions of people in a swath of states along the East Coast and farther west went into a third sweltering day without power Monday after a round of summer storms that killed more than a dozen people.

The outages left many to contend with stifling homes and spoiled food over the weekend as temperatures approached or exceeded 100 degrees.

Around 2 million customers from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois were without power Monday morning. And utility officials said the power would likely be out for several more days. Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 22 deaths, most from trees falling on homes and cars. (Mercury News)


The Great Heat Wave of 2012

Todd Strandberg 90x115by Todd Strandberg

In my Nearing Midnight update for April 16, I wrote about the incredibly warm March we had just experienced. Few people were complaining about a winter month that was 8.6 degrees above the average. Now that summer is here and we are experiencing the same pattern of record warmth, people are starting to press the panic button.

For the past few weeks, the central part of the U.S. has been under a massive dome of high pressure that has produced stunning records for heat. So far this month, over 4,500 record high temperatures have been matched or broken. Many all-time highs were set in late June, and the average temperature doesn’t top out until the 21st of this month.