The urban heat island effect further raises summer temperatures in cities. CREDIT NASA

Future summers could be hotter than any on record

From the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION and the “it’s always hotter in the city than the country department comes this collection of spin: In 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any summer experienced by people to date, according to a study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)…

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Study: UHI affects the urban growing season

From the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife MADISON, Wis. — With spring now fully sprung, a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers shows that buds burst earlier in dense urban areas than in their suburban and rural surroundings. This may be music to urban…

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How not to measure temperature (or climate) #97 – California’s warming air temperatures are population and site bias related

A couple of days ago, I highlighted a worst of the worst NOAA climate monitoring station in Arizona with the help of a scientist from the University of Washington. My friend Jim Goodridge, former California State Climatologist continues to be busy in his retirement, and sends this along today. He’s been tracking a group of…

THE HEAT IS ON Even during the polar night, the center of Apatity is warmer (red) than the outskirts of the Russian city. AWS urban is the weather station in the town center

Study proves urban heat islands exist, even in the Arctic

From the “we told you so years ago” department comes this interesting study that might explain the 8 °C red spot in the Russian Arctic that NASA GISS always seems to have: From Science News: A novel form of the “urban heat island” effect might contribute to why the far north is warming faster than…

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♫ I left my UHI, in Sannn Frannncisco ♪

Apologies to singer Tony Bennett for the title. Our own “Charles the moderator” writes in with this curious picture from Weather Underground showing downtown San Francisco at about 2:15PM September 8th, 2015. The disparity of temperature just a few blocks away is quite stunning. In the two temperatures circled in the downtown area yesterday there is…