Southern California Is Breaking Heat Records By Alarming MarginsLydia O’Connor Southern California is getting scorched by an unseasonable heat wave, with temperatures in some areas breaking records by double-digit margins. According to the National Weather Service office in Los Angeles, heat records for Oct. 25 were shattered in a number of places Wednesday. The most notable record was set at the Camarillo Airport in Ventura County, where a high of 103 degrees broke the previous record, 88 set in 1983, by a jaw-dropping 15 degrees. FollowNWS Los Angeles @NWSLosAngelesCamarillo Ca Airport reported a Max Temp of 103 degrees so far today. This breaks the record of 88 degrees set in 1983. #cawxHeat waves typically break temperature records by only as much as a few degrees. A June 2016 heat wave that struck Southern California, for example, broke several records by single digits. The one double-digit margin was set in El Cajon, where temperatures for that calendar day toppled the previous record by 10 degrees. Even during a 2015 heat wave in the region with back-to-back days of temperatures surpassing 100 degrees, the heat broke records by small margins. A pedestrian uses an umbrella as a heat shield in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when temperatures climbed past 100 downtown. (FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images)Other heat records set Wednesday include Oxnard, where 102-degree temperatures beat out the old record by 8 degrees, and Los Angeles International Airport, where 99-degree heat toppled the 1983 record of 92. FollowNWS Los Angeles @NWSLosAngeles NWS Oxnard Ca reported a Max Temp of 102 degrees so far today. This breaks the record of 94 degrees set in 1968. #cawxRelated SearchesCalifornia Heat WaveFires In Southern California Today More heat records were set at Santa Maria Public Airport, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Long Beach Airport and downtown Los Angeles.The ongoing heat sparked several brush fires on Tuesday, requiring closures on three freeways. Later Tuesday, hot wind gusts complicated firefighters’ efforts to contain a growing wildfire in the hills about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.Scientists have long warned that these types of heat waves will become the new normal.“If we continue with business-as-usual burning of fossil fuels, and warm the planet by [3 degrees Celsius] by the end of this century, then what we today call ‘extreme heat’ we will instead call ‘midsummer,’” Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University, told HuffPost during a heat wave plaguing the Midwest and Northeast last summer.
The Latest: LA breaks another temperature record in heatwave View photosLili Lopez cools with drinks of water before Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. Baseball fans were heading to Dodger Stadium for the first game of the World Series Tuesday as temperatures in downtown Los Angeles hit a record-breaking 103 degrees by early afternoon. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Southern California’s fall heatwave (all times local):2:20 p.m. A heatwave is still hitting Southern California and Los Angeles has broken another temperature record.The National Weather Service says downtown Los Angeles reached 100 Wednesday afternoon, surpassing the old record of 96 set in 1983.The record comes a day after another record high temperature of 104 degrees was set in Los Angeles on Tuesday.The hot, dry Santa Ana winds that pumped up temperatures and fire danger in the region this week have been losing strength.Forecasters warn that isolated strong gusts are possible.___Southern Californians are being warned of extreme fire danger as the region prepares to swelter through the third day of a heat wave.The National Weather Service says about 20 heat records across the region were broken Tuesday, and Wednesday could see more records fall despite a slight overall dip in temperatures.On Tuesday, it was 103 degrees at first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1.Firefighters quickly dousing most blazes that erupted. A blaze in rural Ventura County burned through more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of thick vegetation before crews managed to stop it from spreading.The heat is a result of a high-pressure system and dry, scouring Santa Ana winds.
NHC says 20 pct chance of cyclone over western Caribbean Sea(Reuters) – A low pressure system located over the western Caribbean Sea has 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.”Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the system to become more organized later this week as it moves slowly northward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea,” the Miami-based weather forecaster said.(Reporting by Karen Rodrigues in Bengaluru)
Three killed, one missing after torrential rains in BulgariaSOFIA (Reuters) – Three people were killed and one is missing after torrential rains lashed low-laying parts of Black Sea port city of Bourgas and flooded several surrounding villages in southeastern Bulgaria early on Wednesday, local authorities said. The strong rains cut electricity supplies to at least five villages, forced rivers to outburst their banks flooding dozens of homes and blocking roads in Kameno municipality where authorities have declared an emergency situation.People in the village of Trastikovo, some 390 km (242 miles) east of Sofia, were evacuated after flooding waters broke a dyke. Weather forecasters say strong rains are expected to continue on Wednesday.(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
Frequency of excessive summertime heat seen rising across U.S.By Laura Zuckerman View photosFamilies cool off at sunset in Solana Beach following a record setting day of temperatures according to local media, in Southern California, U.S., October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mike BlakeBy Laura Zuckerman(Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans, mostly in Western states and on the Eastern seaboard, have endured more days of extreme summer heat over the past 10 years than in previous decades, a leading environmental group said in a study unveiled on Tuesday.Related SearchesHeat PumpsHeat WaveHeat MiserHeat ExhaustionThe analysis compared daily summertime high temperatures recorded at thousands of U.S. government weather stations across the country from 2007 through 2016 with the same data in the years 1961 to 1990, and showed a pattern of more frequent extreme heat nationally.The study, issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council, identified 21 states and the District of Columbia as being the hardest hit. In each one, at least 75 percent of residents now face more than nine summer days in which temperatures are higher than the top 10 percent hottest days of June through August during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, according to the report.The group said its findings add to a growing body of evidence that climate change attributed to emissions of heat-trapping „greenhouse” gases, caused by fossil fuel combustion and other human activities, is having direct consequences that are being felt today.The NRDC also cited government data showing 65,000 people end up in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each summer from heat-related illnesses and that summer heat waves were to blame for at least 1,300 deaths across 40 major U.S. cities from 1975 to 2004.”This analysis gives a sense of the degree to which the present is really not like the past,” said Kim Knowlton, a senior NRDC scientist. „Climate change is fueling more extremely hot days and poses a clear and present threat to public health.”Release of the NRDC study coincided with an October heat wave in Southern California that has led forecasters to predict record highs for Tuesday’s World Series opener at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Authorities also have warned of elevated risks of wildfires and heat-induced ailments across the region.California is one of 11 Western states ranked by the NRDC report as the most affected by extreme summer heat. But the current bout of blistering triple-digit temperatures came as an early fall phenomenon linked to the region’s seasonal hot, dry Santa Ana winds.The NRDC report was accompanied by an interactive U.S. map showing the growing extent of extremely hot summers – affecting nearly 210 million people – and projections for more of the same across much of the country (https://www.nrdc.org/climate-change-and-health-extreme-heat#/map).The trend poses the greatest risk to children, the elderly and others vulnerable to respiratory distress and dehydration, said Dr. Samantha Ahdoot, a pediatrics professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman in Pinedale, Wyo.; Editing by Steve Gorman)
Spanish league pushes match back to avoid high temperatures MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league says it has decided to move Saturday’s match between Sevilla and Leganes until the evening to avoid high temperatures. The match that was originally scheduled for 4.15 p.m. (1415 GMT) local time in Seville will now be played at 10.30 p.m. (2030 GMT).Spain’s weather service says temperatures could reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) Saturday.
NAACP advises black travelers not to fly American Airlines JEFFREY COOK and WHITNEY LLOYD,Good Morning America 20 seconds ago NAACP advises black travelers not to fly American Airlines (ABC News)The NAACP sent out an advisory on Tuesday night urging African-American travelers not to use American Airlines, one of the nation’s largest air carriers.The civil rights organization, which appointed a new president just three days ago, accused the airline of a „pattern of disturbing incidents.””We have today taken the action of issuing a national advisory alerting travelers — especially African-Americans — to exercise caution … flights on American Airlines could subject them to disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions,” a release sent to reporters Tuesday night says.The release lists four incidents over the course of 18 months over which the NAACP is accusing the airline of unfair treatment. It is the second-ever travel advisory issued by the organization, according to Aba Blankson, vice president of communications.Blankson told ABC News the travel advisory is indefinite and the organization could reconsider its status after conversations with the airline, which has responded by inviting NAACP leaders to its headquarters in Texas.On Wednesday morning, American Airlines shared a letter from the CEO to his employees on the NAACP’s actions.”We were disappointed to learn of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP regarding American Airlines,” said Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. „We do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We have reached out to the NAACP and are eager to meet with them to listen to their issues and concerns.”American Airlines also said in a statement to reporters, “We are disappointed to hear about this travel advisory as our team members — a diverse community of gate agents, pilots, and flight attendants — are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds.”The statement adds: „We will invite representatives of the NAACP to meet with our team at our headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. We are committed to having a meaningful dialogue about our airline and are ready to both listen and engage.”
Lifestyle Saving Indonesia’s birds-of-paradise one village at a time
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Science History of War: Ancient Bones From German Battlefield Suggest Soldiers Traveled Far Distances to Fight
Kristin Hugo,Newsweek Wed, Oct 25 5:48 AM GMT+3 An ancient battle north of Berlin has left many mysteries, but now we are closer to understanding one. Where did the soldiers come from? With no ancient dog tags to identify them and their homelands, archaeologists were baffled.Now, chemical analysis of those remains suggests soldiers came from hundreds of miles away to partake in the conflict, LiveScience reported Monday. In 1250 B.C., what could have been thousands of people fought on The Tollense Battlefield in present-day Germany. Archaeologists started exploring the site in 2007, and found the remains of horses, military equipment and people, mostly men between 20 and 40 years old. While excavators have only found the remains of 140 people to date, they suggest that this is only a fraction of the number of people who went to war, as the others either survived, were carried home to be buried, or were lost to time and scavengers.Trending: What Is Exorcism? U.S. Catholic Bishops Have Just Translated Prayers to Cast Out Demons Into English for the First TimeIn a study published in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, researchers examined the isotope makeup of the bones. They recorded different levels of strontium, lead, oxygen and carbon isotopes in different bones. These chemical compounds reveal the compounds in the food that the people they belonged to used to eat. Different compounds come from different soils, and different soils come from different places. That means that you can generally tell the region where someone lived by matching the isotopes in the bones to the soil. You can even tell if a person has moved throughout their life by examining the changes in the makeup of their teeth as they grew. While differences in soil are not so distinct that you could find the exact latitude and longitude where someone came from, you could generally find the region where their food was grown. The study found that the non-local warriors came from the south, including southern Germany and central Europe. This makes sense as they also found central European-style arrowheads on the field, and even embedded in bones.Don’t miss: Sex Scandals Are Rife in the U.S. Military, Investigation FindsInterestingly, the chemical profiles closely resembled those from remains found at Wittstock in warriors who died during the more recent 30-Years War. Trained mercenary soldiers from all over Europe fought at Wittstock, and archaeologists say this suggests that this implies fighters at Tollense were trained, as well. All signs point to this dispute being of an important origin, as opposed to local farmers simply trying to defend their land.
Some important questions remain unanswered about the battle at Tollense river: What were people fighting over? Why would they come so far to engage in war? Archaeologists note that the river was part of an important north-south trade route, but other than that, the intent of the battle remains a mystery