Monday, May 22, 2017

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NIHHIS Partners host heat-health workshop in Hermosillo, Mexico

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Climate Program Office's Juli Trtanj will deliver an update on the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS)’s national and trans-boundary activities.  

Record heat possible in Washington region Wednesday and Thursday

Washington Post, By Jason Samenow

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The area’s first heat wave of 2017 is set to start Wednesday. Between Wednesday and Friday, high temperatures should range between 88 and 94 degrees, placing several long-standing records in jeopardy. At the heat wave’s peak intensity Thursday, it will feel as hot as the mid-to-upper 90s factoring in midsummer-like humidity. Throughout the heat wave, temperatures will be about 15 degrees above normal.

New Case Study: Protecting People from Sweltering City Summers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Climate models predict an increase in the frequency, severity, and length of heat waves in coming decades. Federal, state, and local agencies are working to provide more advanced warnings and services to help health care workers, social services providers, and the general public better prepare for and respond to extreme heat events

CPO highlights 2016 milestones and achievements

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CPO is releasing its 2016 Annual Report, which gives an overview of FY16 achievements and highlights the great work done by CPO Divisions and Programs to advance scientific understanding of climate and improve society's ability to plan and respond.

Planetary Wave Resonance may cause Heat Waves to last longer

Washington Post article by Chris Mooney March 27

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
"The idea is that climate change doesn’t merely increase the overall likelihood of heat waves, say, or the volume of rainfall — it also changes the flow of weather itself. By altering massive planet-scale air patterns like the jet stream (pictured above), which flows in waves from west to east in the Northern Hemisphere, a warming planet causes our weather to become more stuck in place. This means that a given weather pattern, whatever it may be, may persist for longer, thus driving extreme droughts, heat waves, downpours and more."

The NIHHIS is an integrated system that builds understanding of the problem of extreme heat, defines demand for climate services that enhance societal resilience, develops science-based products and services from a sustained climate science research program, and improves capacity, communication, and societal understanding of the problem in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat. The NIHHIS is a jointly developed system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

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Juli Trtanj, NOAA One Health and Integrated Climate Research Lead
Phone: (301) 734-1214

Hunter Jones, Special Projects Manager
Phone: (301) 734-1215

Sarah Giltz, Climate and Health Project Specialist
Phone: (301) 734-2476