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Capital Weather Gang Don’t Know What A Real Heatwave Is

July 12, 2018

By Paul Homewood




Greg Porter, one of the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post reported last week on the Northeast’s intense heatwave:




Since the past weekend, the first intense heat wave has kept a tight, sweaty grip on the eastern United States. As of Tuesday morning, about 80 million Americans were under some type of heat advisory. Forty-four of the 50 states expected to reach at least 90 degrees Tuesday afternoon. Expect both of those statistics to grow through the end of this week, as the brutal heat wave intensifies and expands to include the western part of the country.

On Monday, Washington, Philadelphia and New York all reported heat indexes — or “feels like” temperatures — in excess of 100 degrees. Record-warm overnight low temperatures were set in Albany and Burlington, Vt.

Tuesday could end up being even warmer — or at least it will feel warmer — since humidity was higher across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.



As we know, Porter’s colleague, Jason Samenow, has already tried to link these heatwaves to global warming, talking of “record” temperatures, conveniently recorded in the middle of cities.


But how does it compare when we examine proper rural sites, such as Ithaca Cornell University in NY.



According to their daily almanac, temperatures peaked at 94F on July 3rd:





However, 94F is not unusual at Ithaca. Indeed, the July record was 103F, set in 1936.

Furthermore, in the last week minimum temperatures have dipped close to record lows:chart-2



The table below shows the highest July temperature each year since 1893 (2018 is obviously not included yet):




We see quite clearly that the highest temperatures occurred during the 1930s, and indeed before, if we zoom in:



And is we look at all of the summer, the pattern is just the same:



If the Capital Weather Gang want to know what a truly record breaking heatwave looks like, I suggest they check out July 1936 at Ithaca:




  1. July 12, 2018 5:23 pm


  2. Athelstan permalink
    July 12, 2018 5:49 pm

    The summer! it is hot in the States, who ever knew?

    We are at, 52º +N, an island surrounded by a cool sea – thank heavens for that, our summers are nothing like so warm as are interior continental climate, its warmth and indeed the humidity – the above figures (from Paul) puts sharply into perspective our present little warm spell shoving it into the shade.

  3. July 12, 2018 9:20 pm

    Deep State propaganda. It’s everywhere.

  4. July 12, 2018 9:42 pm

    I live in the DC suburbs and it’s while it was hot last week, it wasn’t exceptional. In fact it’s been pretty pleasant once the heat wave broke. We’ve had much hotter summers in the last 30 years I’ve lived here.

    • dave permalink
      July 13, 2018 7:41 am

      I was in Toronto some fifty years ago in SEPTEMBER and it went to 100 F every day for a week! The locals at first just said smugly “Better a late summer than an early winter” but eventually they said “Enough!”

    • July 13, 2018 11:04 am

      I lived in the DC area during the 1970’s. All I have to say is YIKES!! The humidity. For 9 years I expected/hoped for the thunderstorm to clear the air, bring cooler temperatures and lower humidity as it did in West Virginia. I was always disappointed.

  5. Ian permalink
    July 13, 2018 8:31 am

    The BBC (where else?) news bulletin covering the very bad floods in Japan had me holding my breath, waiting for the inevitable link to climate change. I didn’t have to wait long. There’s something about dikes overtopping that suggest the local communities are living on borrowed land, a bit like New Orleans. I’ve just checked on WUTW – no comment yet, but I did see that climate change is being blamed for the situation the Thai footie players got into. Brings a whole new meaning to “knee jerk”.

    • Athelstan permalink
      July 13, 2018 10:43 am

      “suggest the local communities are living on borrowed land”

      The major reason, the Japanese are living on a area of extreme, relentless, constant siesmic activity and where extremes of weather are also common. nothing is guaranteed in Japan except, the tide and the sun and the stars.

      • Athelstan permalink
        July 13, 2018 10:44 am

        shite – seismic, apols.

  6. July 13, 2018 11:09 am

    The Cornell University temperature sensing station seems to be very well sited. The fence is low, very open and there is nothing around the area outside the fence to impeded air flow. It is also well mowed and no other vegetation. It is is a rural location.

    Kudos to Cornell. My late brother, Jimmy, received his PhD in chemistry from that institution in 1956.

  7. saparonia permalink
    July 13, 2018 9:36 pm

    I’ve been watching real time electrical storms on and it has been flooding all around the globe, causing some hefty crop failures. Here in UK the Met Office introduced a brand new weather warning for Thunderstorms two weeks ago. Coincidentally All Solar System planets are on the same side of the Sun through July including the minor planets by the 18th/ 19th. The Sun is plummeting into Solar Minimum. Anyone still jumping on the climate-change-is-our-fault band wagon is asleep, I would appreciate plans for building an underground house to survive the winter.

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