Exceptionally unusual for this far north! “Lightning struck near the North Pole, as rapid Arctic warming continues.” via @capitalweather #climate #arctic

Lightning strikes detected within 200 to 300 miles of the North Pole constitute a rare, though probably not unprecedented, event. www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/08/12/lightning-struck-within-miles-north-pole-saturday-rapid-arctic-warming-continues/

The Heat Index: What Your Body Thinks The Temperature Is On Warm & Hot Days. #heat #heatwave #heatindex #summersafety #heatsafety

This chart shows you the Heat Index…which is the temperature your body is reacting to regardless of the actual air temperature. Obviously the drier the air, the easier it is on your body to handle the heat. Depending on your physical condition & level of hydration, the indices in the white range can be tolerated well if you pace yourself. The beige, yellow, orange, and red indices are where even the most physically fit and well hydrated people can get into trouble very, very fast. If you’re in doubt, pace yourself, stay very well hydrated, and don’t forget the sunscreen. Those UV rays will wreck havoc on your skin.

Twelve centuries of European summer droughts.” (This study explored the association between summer temperature and drought across Europe placing recent drought in the context of the past 12 centuries.) @ScienceDaily #climate

Researchers have published a study exploring the association between summer temperature and drought across Europe placing recent drought in the context of the past 12 centuries. The study reveals that, throughout history, northern Europe has tended to get wetter and southern Europe to get drier during warmer periods. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190805112206.htm