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This Is the Temp the Feds Say Your Home Should Be

The internet doesn't think it's literally or metaphorically cool enough

(Newser) - If you've been heeding the advice of sleep hygienists and dozing off in a cool bedroom each night—a standard suggestion is somewhere between 65 degrees and 72 degrees Fahrenheit —the feds have just upended that routine, and people are getting heated about it. Energy Star, jointly run... More »

The US Military Battles a Silent Killer

Heat exposure is hurting and killing service members

(Newser) - Sgt. Sylvester Cline didn't have to die. The 32-year-old Iraq veteran was training at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas in June 2016 under grueling heat when he fell ill and was rushed to a nearby hospital—where heat exposure took his life. And he isn't the military's only... More »

New National Heat Record Set in Australia

Adelaide temperature hits 115.9 degrees Fahrenheit

(Newser) - Adelaide has sweltered through the highest temperature ever recorded by a major Australian city, peaking at a searing 115.9 degrees Fahrenheit as the drought-parched nation heads toward potentially the hottest January on record. The South Australia state capital city of 1.3 million people on Thursday beat its previous... More »

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

Average temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees

(Newser) - Death Valley, well known for its often record high temperatures, has set a new one: Last month in Death Valley was the hottest month ever recorded on the planet Earth. The average temperature—over day and night—was 108.1 degrees, putting July 2018 about a half-degree ahead of July... More »

Melting Roofs, Buckling Roads, and Deaths in Global Heat Wave

Record-setting temps have been set around the world over the past week

(Newser) - A city in Oman set a heat record last week, but it's not the only place registering record-setting mercury. The Washington Post lists the places worldwide that have been experiencing never-before-recorded heat over the past week, caused by heat pressure or heat domes across the Northern Hemisphere. In North... More »

New Temperature Record in Oman? No Sweat

Actually, lots of sweat, with a 108.7-degree 24-hour 'low' in Quriyat

(Newser) - A dangerous heat wave is expected to envelop much of the US over the next few days, but residents in Quriyat, Oman, probably won't have much sympathy. That's because it's so hot there that a new world record was set Tuesday: Per Weather Underground , the city registered... More »

LA Paints Streets White to Combat Rising Temps

The paint could cool streets and parking lots 10 degrees

(Newser) - As the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history scorches the edge of a city experiencing record-breaking temperatures, LA street workers have started painting streets white as part of a larger effort to tackle warming average temps head-on. Technically, the paint is a very light gray called CoolSeal, and it could... More »

Scrapping Lawns in LA Would Change City's Temps

How much depends on what lawns are replaced with

(Newser) - The typical California home's biggest area of water usage is beyond its four walls: its outdoor landscaping . So in the face of drought, tens of thousands of Los Angeles homeowners made a change last summer, reports the Times , swapping their grass for artificial turf, gravel, or drought-tolerant shrubs. And... More »

The 10 US Cities That Are Warming the Fastest

Most are in California, Nevada, and Arizona

(Newser) - The southwest corner of the US has long been known as a sweltering spot, but it's only getting hotter, according to Climate Central , which ranked 178 US cities based on temperature changes since 1965. All but three have seen temperatures rise in the past 50 years, but some are... More »

Alaska's Frigid Rep Just Got Ridiculous

A month before winter starts, temps have already plunged to minus 24

(Newser) - Check out the forecast in Fairbanks, Alaska , for the next few days and you'll see a lot of minus signs. The northernmost state has been slammed with way-below-freezing weather more than a month before winter officially starts, and it could be dangerous if residents aren't careful. "With... More »

Office Temperatures Are 'Sexist'

Temperatures are based on the male metabolism, study says

(Newser) - A man and woman work in the same room all day long. One is perfectly comfortable while the other is freezing her tush off. Sound strange? Nope, it's just daily life in offices, according to a new study that says our average building temperature is outdated and favors the... More »

Half of Columbia River Salmon Are in Hot Water— and Dying

Officials are desperately trying to cool the water down

(Newser) - More than a quarter-million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fishery biologists say water that's 5 to 6 degrees warmer is wiping out at least half of... More »

Death Valley Gets Record for Hottest Day ... 99 Years Later

Libya's claim thrown out because of unreliable thermometer

(Newser) - California's Death Valley now has the honor of posting the hottest temperature on record, but don't blame climate change—the record-breaker of 134 degrees happened on June 10, 1913. The reason for the belated title? Libya had claimed the hottest day on record since 1992 with a thermometer... More »

NASA Scientist: Global Warming Behind Killer Heat Waves

James Hansen hammers away with statistical analysis

(Newser) - The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the US and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist. The research by a man often called... More »

US Had Hottest 12 Months Ever

And the hottest first half of a year ever

(Newser) - If you're still reeling from this weekend's heat wave, this is going to sound especially credible: The US just completed its hottest 12-month stretch ever recorded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today. That's in part thanks to a warmer-than-average June, which saw 170 all-time high... More »

High Heat, Smoke, Storms Move to East Coast

Winds carry pollutant-filled wildfire smoke across the nation

(Newser) - Storms, high heat, and wildfire smoke are spreading from the Midwest to the East Coast this weekend as extreme weather grips more of the country. MSNBC gives us a weather rundown:
  • New York City, enveloped in muggy heat, is facing a likely thunderstorm this afternoon.
  • Storms are also heading for
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More than Half of US in Drought

Conditions meet definition in 56% of continental US

(Newser) - Two stats of note to drive home just how hot it has been and continues to be:
  • Parched earth: Drought conditions now exist in 56% of the continental US, the biggest percentage in the 12 years that records have been kept by the weekly Drought Monitor, reports MSNBC . The heat
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Last 12-Month Stretch Warmest on Record

NOAA: US temperatures were highest in the 117 years on record

(Newser) - It's getting hot out there. The 12-month period from May 2011 to April 2012 was the warmest since records began in 1895, according to the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The year-long stretch was 0.1°F warmer than the previous record-setter, November 1999-October 2000, and was 2.... More »

Okla.'s July Was Hottest US Month on Record

Texas also set its own record for hottest July

(Newser) - Sweltering may have reached a new record last month, as Oklahoma racked up the country's highest monthly average temperature ever. That's the highest average temperature, for any month, for any state, associate Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus said. According to automated weather recording instruments, the state's average... More »

New York City Hits 104 Degrees

And it got even hotter in Newark

(Newser) - It's official: This heat wave is one of the all-time greats. Temperatures soared to a record-high 104 degrees in New York City and to 108 degrees in Newark—the hottest day in the city's history, reports NBC . It's much the same everywhere from Kansas to Maine, reports... More »

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