21 Jul '11, 3pm

Why 107-degree overnight temperatures should freak you out

Government conspiracy heat wave or no government conspiracy heat wave, this summer is setting records -- not just record maximum temperatures, but also record minimums. On June 27th, Oman recorded the world’s highest ever minimum temperature when the mercury failed to drop below 107.1°F, even overnight. And that’s more important, in a global sense, than the record highs. A few things too-often glossed over in discussions of what climate change is doing to temperatures the world over: 1. In many cases, nighttime minimum temperatures are rising faster than daytime maximums, narrowing the gap between average daytime and nighttime temperatures even as both rise. And here's an excellent map-based representation of what this is doing to the U.S . 2. It's nighttime temperatures, not daytime highs, that kill people . The biggest concern for heat-related illnesses and deaths isn't ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-21-nyc-mayor-bloomberg-...

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