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Dangerous Friday Forecast: Heat Index of 116 in DC, 118 in Richmond


Can I use the term “breaking news” to describe a weather forecast for a sunny day? Yup. That just happened.

Last month, I asked If June Is This Hot, What Will July & August Be Like? Now we have the answer from Jason Samenow of WashingtonPost.com’s Capital Weather Gang:

NOAA has upped its peak heat index prediction for D.C. Friday to a stunning, sweltering 116 degrees. Remarkably, it predicts there is a 90 percent chance it will reach at least 110 and a 100 percent chance of at least 105. Earlier today, NOAA was predicting a maximum heat index of 109 Friday.

And poor Richmond, Va.! NOAA projects its heat index will soar to a stifling 118 degrees.

So far, 2011 has been the 11th-warmest year on record. And from NOAA’s State of the Climate update, a stat even The Green Miles didn’t know:

June 2011 was the 316th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985.

That’s right – despite all of George Will’s “global cooling” hot air, we haven’t had a below-average global temperature month since before The Goonies came out. Excuse me while I cool myself off by doing the truffle shuffle:

Check out NOVEC’s tips for staying cool & saving energy on hot days.

Image courtesy NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center via Capital Weather Gang

Cross-posted from The Green Miles

  • I’ve been watching the evening news – national and local, including the weather report – for months now and I haven’t seen a SINGLE story saying this heat has any relation to global warming. So…how can it be true, if the corporate/”mainstream” media doesn’t report on it?  I’m so confused. (snark)

    P.S. On the other hand, I HAVE seen about a gazillion ads by the American Petroleum Institute and others in the Dirty Energy industry. Not that there would be any connection between the enormous amount of advertising $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ paid by Dirty Energy to corporate media, and corporate media’s total refusal to say the words “global warming” or “climate change.”  (snark again)

  • glennbear

    Just another scare tactic by that left leaning, bloated, overbudgeted, gubmint agency NOAA. We wouldn’t have this going on if we just defunded them to help with the deficit. (snark)


    balmy 70 degrees here in CA. 50 at night. Still wearing sweaters..gorgeous.

  • kindler

    …the more hot air the climate deniers produce.  Pretty soon, Rush Limbaugh’s fat head will explode.  

  • harvey1941

    EGAD, and I have to leave on Friday to drive down to Williamsburg for a week vacation with my son, his wife and the three grand daughters.  Gonna be some tense days in the condo if the temperature stays that dangerously high.

    No Busch Gardens, no Colonial Area, and DRAT no GOLF.

    Come on cooling spell!!!  Please?