Northeast Heat WaveJuly 17th, 2013 at 10:38 am by markmonstrola under Weather
It may not seem like much of a heat wave to Texans but the northeast will experience widespread 90 degree high temperatures with heat index values well over 100 degrees. This will likely turn out to be one of the hottest and longest heat waves they have experienced in years. Here is the discussion from the National Weather Service:
Valid 12Z Wed Jul 17 2013 – 12Z Fri Jul 19 2013 …90 degrees or higher for many from the East Coast to the Plains today and Thursday… …Slow improvement for western Texas into the Southwest, but continued cool and wet… The upper level pattern continues to feature a large upper level ridge over the eastern U.S. and a weakening closed upper level low over New Mexico, while the jet stream remains up north across southern Canada. The ridge is expected to expand westward through Thursday which will cause widespread heat for a large portion of the country. While this heat wave is nothing unusual for the middle of the summer, it will affect a large portion of the lower 48 with some locations flirting with 100 degrees across South Dakota and portions of Arkansas for Thursday. Scattered, diurnally driven showers and thunderstorms will be possible from the Great Lakes down into the Southeast and Florida, with the rest of the U.S. affected by the heat staying generally rain-free. Across the Southwest, the upper low will continue to weaken which should reduce the magnitude of widespread heavy rain and flash flooding, although flood concerns will remain across western Texas into New Mexico today. While temperatures beneath the clouds and wet weather will remain below average, high temperatures should get much closer to average by the end of the week. There is an end to the heat in sight though, as a cold front begins to drop south on Friday, bringing relief to much of the northern Plains along with a good chance of thunderstorms, with the potential for localized very heavy rain.
Even though the past week has been below average here in Texas, extreme heat will likely make a return before Summer is finished. Therefore, don’t forget about Family Eldercare’s Annual Summer Fan Drive. Donations are still being taken and are much appreciated to help Central Texas’ elderly and adult disabled communities. For more information on how you can help visit: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/home/fan-drive-2013
How to prepare for a heat wave courtesy of the American Red Cross:
- Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
- Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much as 15° F.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for the possibility ofpower outages.
- Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit (bug out bag) in case a power outage occurs.
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
- If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
- Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
- Get trained in First Aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
- Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.