A global research group involving ETH Zurich has contrasted the hot summers of 2003 and 2010 at length for the time that is first. This past year’s heatwave across Eastern Europe and Russia ended up being unprecedented in all respects: European countries hasn’t experienced therefore large summer heat anomalies within the last few 500 years.

The summertime of 2010 ended up being extreme. Russia was specially difficult hit by the extraordinary temperature: in Moscow, daytime conditions of 38.2°C were recorded and it also did not get much cooler at night. Damaging fires due to the dry conditions covered a location of just one million hectares, causing crop problems of around 25%; the full total harm went to about USD 15 billion. Despite the fact that people were additionally collapsing on trains in Germany this season as the air-con devices had unsuccessful within the temperature, the basic perception is still that the summertime of 2003 ended up being the essential extreme — among Western Europeans at least. Continue reading