Russia swelters in crop-scorching heat wave

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    The worst heat wave since the Stalin era has thrown Russia into turmoil, with droughts devastating millions of hectares of crops and a state of emergency declared in 19 regions.

    An estimated 10 million hectares of crops, or 12 per cent of all cultivated land in Russia, has been destroyed by the hot, dry weather, and forest fires have encircled Moscow in a ring of smoke.

    CBC News - World - Russia swelters in crop-scorching heat wave
     
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    Yes. Russia is far removed from any large bodies of water which is why the coldest place outside of the antarctic is Siberia. The record low ever recorded was -89.2C in Antarctica and the record low in Siberia is -68 C in Oymyakon. It gets damn hot there too! But the record is still held by el-Aziia in Libya way back in 1922 when the temp spiked at 58 C. Death Valley in California recorded a temp of 56.7 C way back in 1913.

    Interesting how those records still stand in this era of massivly increased CO2. Don't you think?
     
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    A FIERCE heatwave across central and eastern Europe is being blamed for the deaths of hundreds of people, severe damage to vast swathes of crops and disruption to road and rail travel.

    Hungary has issued the highest level of heat alert, urging children and elderly people to stay indoors. It ha started handing out bottles of water to pedestrians and drivers in the capital, Budapest, where temperatures have hovered around 35 degrees Celsius for several days.

    Hungary has also now reduced the expected size of its agricultural harvest this year due to the intensely hot, dry weather, as have Germany and the Czech Republic.

    Hundreds dead as fierce heatwave wreaks devastation across Europe - The Irish Times - Sat, Jul 17, 2010
     
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    Wow, death and destruction because it's 94 degrees? We PLAY in the yard when it's 95!
    Of course we use proper sunscreen and all that but really? All this mayhem because it's 94?

    And I wonder if you bothered to look at how the hundreds had died?

    That's right, they DROWNED, most of them while they were DRUNK!

    "The worst affected country is Russia, where more than 1,200 people drowned in June and almost 500 have drowned so far in July, many in rivers, ponds and reservoirs where swimming is banned, after drinking large amounts of alcohol."


    That's like blaming the drunk driving death because he watched the Indy 500. Ridiculous hyperbole.

    You guys must be so scared you can't go outside.
     
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