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What You Should Know About This Week’s Severe Weather in the United States

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Mother Nature is increasing the intensity. This week, the Northeast and Midwest are seeing extreme temperatures for millions of people. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for a “dangerous and long” heat wave that is expected to last for several days. Many locations, including upstate New York, could see temperatures in the triple digits on Tuesday and Wednesday, with 104 degrees predicted for cities like Rochester. On the other hand, the Pacific Northwest is seeing unusually low temperatures, with freeze warnings in effect for portions of southern Oregon and Northern California with lows as low as 19 degrees in some places.

Sweltering Heat Waves with Summer Snowfall:

Record-Shattering Heat in the Northeast and Midwest

The Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Northeast are under an extreme heat dome that is expected to bring oppressive temperatures to nearly 76 million Americans. The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures will drop into the low 100s in several places. The heat wave is expected to last into the week, moving across states on Wednesday, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois, and then on Thursday, arriving in New York and Maine.

The most intense degree of heat will be felt in northern Ohio and upstate New York during the next several days, according to HeatRisk, the newest scale developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The New York Times reports that there will undoubtedly be a large increase in ER visits in these locations. According to local experts, rising humidity in Iowa is also predicted to cause heat index readings to approach triple digits throughout the afternoon hours of this week.

The Weather Prediction Center states that temperatures in major cities including St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York should reach as high as 105 degrees. In the meanwhile, temperatures in the upper 90s are predicted for the cities of Atlanta and El Paso, Texas, which have opened cooling facilities to give relief from the heat. According to NBC News, Rio Grande Village, Texas, hit 114 degrees this week, the highest point on the HeatRisk scale, and the hottest spot in the country on Monday.

Summertime with Snow?

According to Fox Weather, a cold front is wreaking havoc on the Intermountain West this week, bringing with it significant snowfall over the northern Rockies in western Montana and central Idaho. According to AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines, the National Weather Service is predicting up to 12 inches of snow along the Rocky Mountain Front. However, since the snowfall will occur at higher elevations (over 6,000 feet), it won’t impact densely populated regions. On Wednesday, the snow is supposed to stop falling.

As the front moves across western Montana, temperatures are predicted to dip as low as 40 degrees, but they should rebound to over 70 degrees by the middle of the week. However, highs in places like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, will be in the mid-60s.

Florida and the Gulf Coast are on flood warning

The National Weather Service predicts that a tropical storm over Southeast Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday would likely cause significant flash and urban floods in addition to river flooding. According to Orlando’s Fox 35, another storm is developing on the east coast of Florida or southeast Georgia and is predicted to make landfall by late Wednesday or early Thursday. According to meteorologist Noah Bergren, it would be a “very rare” occurrence if it occurs. Only three hurricanes have ever made landfall in June from the east historically; the most recent one was Tropical Storm Danny in 2021, which made landfall in South Carolina.

Severe Weather Conditions Worldwide

Not just the United States is struggling with the extreme consequences of Mother Nature. The biggest tropical wetland on Earth, Brazil’s Pantanal area, has seen over 730 fires this month alone, according to the National Institute of Space Research there. According to CNN, there have been 435 fires in June 2005, which is a record high for the month of June.

Last week, temperatures in Cyprus and Greece soarered to above 110°F, forcing authorities to temporarily block the Acropolis, close public schools, and restrict access to other outdoor monuments. The Washington Post reports that two elderly persons in Cyprus passed away from heatstroke. Three more elderly people with heatstroke symptoms are receiving care at different hospitals in the area.

India is also suffering from the crippling heat. Due to the very high temperatures, 50,000 women in 22 districts received rewards from a unique insurance policy to assist them in overcoming the financial effects of the intense heat. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that fourteen Jordanian pilgrims perished from exposure to intense heat and sun when they were on a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. There are seventeen more pilgrims missing.

According to Sky News, severe rains are also devastating southern and central Chile, where they have allegedly resulted in one fatality, damaged over 2,000 homes, and forced some 150 people to flee their homes.

As these occurrences transpire, it’s evident that severe and frequent extreme weather patterns are increasing, affecting millions of people worldwide. Being aware of the weather and ready for anything is more important than ever, whether it’s oppressive heat, unanticipated snowfall, or destructive storms.

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