So. Fucking. Hot.

Jul 22 2011 @ 9:48pm

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Dan Amira exclaims:

Congratulations, New Yorkers. Your gross, sweaty commute this morning, which immediately negated the shower you took just minutes earlier, was totally worth it. Because New York HAS SET A NEW TEMPERATURE RECORD!!! Today, around 2:10 p.m., the thermometer in Central Park hit 104, easily beating the old July 22 record by three degrees.

And the 104 was 2 degrees shy of the hottest day ever. Amira also notes that "Con Edison recorded its highest level of power consumption ever today." Zooming out, Dr. Ryan N. Maue details how the mid-Atlantic states are experiencing a "Middle East climate":

As the ridge of high pressure slowly edges eastward over the eastern USA, dewpoint37435a81-111c-41b3-8fdc-a92ee82652d8s in the 80sF and temperatures over the century mark are creating heat index values  typically seen in Iran, Yemen, or Saudi Arabia.  Along the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, sufficient moisture combines with the oppressive desert heat to generate heat indices in excess of 130F.  As of 1 PM Eastern on Friday, parts of the DelMarVa peninsula are feeling the effects of Northern Hemisphere summer Middle-Eastern style.

From coolwx.com/extreme "Extreme Weather Site", which keeps track of crazy global METAR or station data, Baltimore MD has a HI of 129F.  An unofficial "records" site co-authored by myself shows current temperatures compared to daily and monthly records going back between 30-60 years.

Adam Clark Estes examines the media's coverage of the killer heat.

(Chart provided by Maue. Photo of the Landmark Uptown Theater in Minneapolis via Reddit)