June 20, 2017

What’s Hot in Heat Waves Right Now

Summer starts now, but heat waves are a step ahead. They’ve gotten a head start blanketing parts of the U.S. — and the internet. What about the rest of the world?

In California, ssszzz….People are frying bacon in their cars:

Google Trends shows explosive interest in “heat wave” over the last 30 days:


In Arizona, it’s too hot for some planes to fly:

“Believe it or not, it is unsafe to operate many of the airplanes currently in use by major airlines when temperatures are this hot, and science explains why.”
-Dr. Marshall Shepherd

In England and the US, advertisers are weather-triggering their ads:

Science says there will only be more heat waves in future years:
“By the year 2100 the vast majority of people worldwide can expect to deal with deadly heat waves where they live.”
-Eric Mack

This time lapse map shows global heatwaves in the past and future: 48–74% of population will be at risk, depending on scenario.

Original source of this clip: http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2017/06/19/rising-deadly-heatwaves/ time lapse mapping of historical and projected heatwaves from University of Hawaii, map by Esri here: https://maps.esri.com/globalriskofdeadlyheat/


Meanwhile, many people affected by heat waves in the developing world face problems like:
  • Insufficient electricity for air conditioning or even fans
  • Limited access to clean water in rural areas — no inflatable swimming pools or refreshing showers in rural areas
  • No TV, phone, or radio means nearly no warning of dangerous weather
  • Lack of reliable weather information on a national scale due to outdated equipment, weather observation methods, and forecasting models.


Heat waves kill in every affected part of the world. But some are more vulnerable to extreme, hazardous weather than others. Read more about weather forecasting in the developing world here.

This blog post was published on June 20th, 2017 by: Sophia Tupolev-Luz, Chief of Staff | ClimaCell. Chandni Lakdawala contributed to this post.

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