The western US and Canada are about to be baked as the record-breaking temperature is recorded in Pacific Northwest and US Southwest. Two NASA instruments have helped to record this unexpected event. Scientists have already warned about it and asked to take some measures. From July 1 to July 12, NASA’s AIRS has determined the progression of the heatwave that is going to strangle the southwestern US.
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NASA has shared a seven-second animation clip configuring surface air temperature, Areas that experienced the temperature above 5.6 degrees Celsius above average are represented in pink, these are the hottest areas.
AIRS and ECOSTRESS
Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA’s Aqua Satellite is used to gather infrared energy from the earth’s surface and globally. It has captured the development of the heat dome threatening the US and Canada.
ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) has gathered the ground surface temperature in California. The images captured by ECOSTRESS reveal the area with a temperature above 30 degrees celsius on July 8 represented in red. It is above the ground surface temperature according to the area.
Scientists have warned that the heatwave is not possible without the change in the climate. The heatwave in Pacific Northwest and British Columbia has already proclaimed many casualties.
On the next day, Death Valley in Eastern California recorded a temperature of 54.44-degrees celsius that is close to the all-time temperature i.e. 56.67 degrees celsius in 1913.
The reports have also recorded another heatwave building up in the weekend and its highest on Monday, unlike the earlier one, it will not be as threatening but unusually hot.
The US National Weather Service has announced the high temperature in the Northern plains along with north and central Minnesota. According to them, “This heatwave will exacerbate the severe to the exceptional drought currently found across the region, which in combination can make for an environment ripe for wildfires to spread uncontrollably.”
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