Every once in a while someone will tell me some outlandish weather story. They believe it, but it’s untrue. I hate to burst their bubble, but it’s my job… weather, not bubble bursting.
Here’s today’s installment from the L.A. Times. It’s a story about heat problems suffered by soldiers in Iraq.
The headline that lead me to this was on Drudge in red type: TEMPS NEAR 130 DEGREES IN IRAQ…
Here’s what I wrote to the author of the article, Edmund Sanders:
In order for statements like: “With temperatures approaching 130 degrees, medics fear that casualties will increase” to be meaningful, we all have to agree on how we calculate the temperature. Normally, temperature is taken out of the sunshine in a louvered enclosure. It is an air temperature, not a surface temperature – so the thermometer needs to be protected in that way.
The historical high for Asia is 129f in Israel. Worldwide the highest was 136 in what is now Libya.
I live in Connecticut. Often, in the summer, my viewers will tell me it was 115-120 in their backyard – because of direct sunshine on the thermometer.
All the best,
I’ll let you know if he responds.
Here’s the bottom line – You can’t get the big things right unless you get the little things right.