Sunday, July 25

Heat Waves

Business Visual Features, California, California Drought, California wildfires, Climate change, Economy, Features, Heat Waves, Science

Aerial photos capture the devastation of the California drought that’s shriveling vegetation and drying up reservoirs

An extreme drought in California is drying up lakes and reservoirs and straining electrical grids. Agriculture and tourism could be severely impacted, and wildfires are likely to rage this summer. Aerial photographs show how much the drought has already devastated California's landscape. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boats sit on dry land. Once-lush palm trees are now brown and shriveled. And waterways that were formerly deep and flowing have been reduced to puddles of toxic residue.This is the landscape in parts of California, which is experiencing a historic mega-drought that is expected to strain the state's elect...
Climate change, Clouds, Fires, Heat Waves, Science, Wildfires

Wildfires and record temperatures in Canada are generating’fire-breathing’ pyrocumulonimbus thunderstorms

Record heat and growing wildfires are creating firestorms that can generate their own lightning in the skies above British Columbia, Canada. As heat and smoke from large fires rise skyward, they can create firestorms comprised of what are known as pyrocumulonimbus clouds. These thunderheads produce their own weather, including tornadoes in rare cases, which can then spark new fires. It's a vicious cycle.Temperatures in Lytton, 95 miles south of Vancouver, hit 121.2 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday — a new national record. The heat wave preceded a wildfire that prompted the town's mayor to issue an evacuation order for all 250 residents. As of Thursday morning, the 20,000-acre blaze had burned 90% of Lytton ,...
Conservation, energy, EnergyHub, Heat Waves, Privacy, Smart Thermostats, Tech Insider, Texas, weekend BI US

Texas power companies automatically raised the temperature of customers’ smart thermostats in the middle of a heatwave

Texas power companies remotely adjusted the temperature of customers' smart thermometers, KHOU 11 reported. Customers had unknowingly enrolled in a promotion letting companies raise the temperature to save energy. Texas regulators asked residents last week to conserve energy amid an early summer heat wave. See more stories on Insider's business page. Texas power companies heated up some customers' homes last week by remotely controlling their smart thermostats, KHOU 11 reported on Thursday.Some residents in the state, which is facing a heat wave that's straining its power grid, told KHOU 11 that they had awoken sweating and shocked...