What's with this heatwave?
Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:59 AM
It's one hellish hot summer in Israel and my hide is melting. I believe it's around 30 degrees Celsius here.
I literally hear "Warning: Heat Levels Critical!" in my head every time I return home afternoon; I arrive all sweating like a Phacochoerus and I only have to walk mere fifteen minutes at that.
It's like a 'Mech just leaving its hangar, taking its first step outside, it barely just lift its first leg half way up and a klaxon start wailing alongside "Shutdown sequence: Initiated".
It's so hot you could use your forehead as a boiler plate. Just slap some bacon and splash an egg on it and you've got yourself a meal.
I've seen a demotivator proclaiming that the heat level is somewhere between "OMG" to "***", seems fitting.
I have an air-conditioner working the house plus a half-sized industrial fan blowing at my desktop to keep its room temperature at around 26 degrees Celsius.
The inner sensors says I'm doing 50'c ~ 60'c on the GPU (40'c ~ 45'c when idle) and Core temperatures, while the HDs are hovering at 45~50, which renders me albeit concerned vis a vis long-term hazard and consequences (as preferable quality operational temperatures would be 35'c ~ 42'c).
Makes me wish I really were a Ghost Bear serving on one of their chilly planets.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:40 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:56 AM
Pushed 40 C here in the midwest on average. That means more MechWarrior time! Seriously too hot for even swimming.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:00 AM
I can't imagine how hot will be next summer (I already melted my notebook's videocard last spring).
BTW, I'm in Brazil (and not in the hottest areas of Brazil).
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:01 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:01 AM
Spikes of hot, humid sticky weather. **** this!
I need to be inside, airco on, MW on screen.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:10 AM
As for why, I'll be damned if I know why, but I could hazard a few guesses. There's an utterly massive upper level ridge over the US, which pretty well covers what is happening, at least in the US (sorry, not going to look for the entire planet )
But as for why we're having a hot summer/year...
The ENSO isn't jetting downward right now, as it has been these past few years (hence the late decade cooling from about 2008 onward), so that's going to contribute somewhat. If anything, these past few years have been cool far more than this year has been warm. We also don't have the prolonged solar nadir that was keeping the past few years cool.
So climatically, it seems like this is the kind of thing we should be getting, now that we don't have short-term downward fluctuations cooling things down anymore.
The NAO's behavior hasn't been helping much this year either, especially during that warm winter. That fact aside, however, this really probably isn't much of a "heatwave" at all, so much as a ceasing of the past few years' cool spell. This was an inevitable state of affairs.
So as best as this non-expert can tell, that's "what's with this heatwave"
Edited by Catamount, 04 July 2012 - 09:34 AM.
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