Heatwave kills four in Japan

Aug 11, 2013

A heatwave stifled Japan Sunday as the temperature topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit ) in two cities, leaving at least four people dead over the weekend, officials and reports said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the reached 40.6 C in Kofu, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Tokyo, in mid-afternoon.

The weather agency had warned early Sunday that the temperature would soar past 35 C in 39 of the country's 47 prefectures. It warned people to drink plenty of water and use air-conditioners.

On Saturday the mercury topped 40 C for the first time in Japan since August 2007, when it had reached an all-time high of 40.9 C in two separate cities.

An 84-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man in western Japan died from on Saturday after they were found collapsed in fields, Kyodo news agency said.

Two more deaths from heat stroke were confirmed by officials on Sunday.

An 80-year-old woman died in hospital after she was found collapsed at her wooden home Sunday morning in Arita, a city south of Osaka, a official said. The living room where she was found was not air-conditioned.

In Saitama north of Tokyo, a 60-year-old man died in hospital after he was found unconscious on a street Saturday afternoon.

The heatwave, also gripping parts of China, has been caused by a Pacific high pressure system covering most of the Japanese islands, the weather agency said.

In early July a in the country claimed at least a dozen lives, according to media reports.

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gregor1
1.5 / 5 (17) Aug 11, 2013
Why is this news? In the UK 25,000 to 30,000 people die from the cold each year.
http://www.nhs.uk...ell.aspx
Grallen
3.6 / 5 (7) Aug 11, 2013
@gregor1: Yes, and that is news too. But heat waves killing people is less frequent and thus more interesting.
gregor1
1.5 / 5 (16) Aug 11, 2013
Four elderly people dying during a heatwave seems a little trivial to me, particularly in a country of nearly 128 million people. "Mild heatwave kills only 4 people in Japan" would be a more sensible title for this article in my opinion.
Neinsense99
2.1 / 5 (14) Aug 12, 2013
@gregor1: Yes, and that is news too. But heat waves killing people is less frequent and thus more interesting.

It also shows how a developed country can handle extreme events better than poorer countries or less developed countries. It could have been much worse.
VendicarE
3.5 / 5 (10) Aug 12, 2013
On Saturday the mercury topped 40 C for the first time in Japan since August 2007, when it had reached an all-time high of 40.9 C in two separate cities.

gregor1
1.5 / 5 (17) Aug 12, 2013
They're weather events. Here' some more recent events

Coldest summer on record at the North Pole
Highest August Arctic ice extent since 2006
Record high August Antarctic ice extent
No major hurricane strikes for eight years
Slowest tornado season on record
No global warming for 17 years
Second slowest fire season on record
Four of the five snowiest northern hemisphere winters have occurred since 2008
The data supporting these is here
http://wattsupwit...ks-like/
runrig
5 / 5 (5) Aug 13, 2013
Coldest summer on record at the North Pole

Correct - just weather. Meanwhile Australia had it's hottest summer...
http://www.thegua...t-summer

Highest August Arctic ice extent since 2006

Wow - all of 7 years .... but this graph says 4years....
http://nsidc.org/...ure3.png
Yet average Arctic ice thickness is the lowest on record at 1.48m (as at end July )
http://neven1.typ...9970c-pi
If you look here you will see that on 23rd Jul the curve was on target to match last year.....http://arctic.atm...ive.html
Record high August Antarctic ice extent

Maybe, but not because of it being colder....http://data.giss....;pol=reg

cont
runrig
5 / 5 (5) Aug 13, 2013
Sea-ice is also dependent on salinity and off-shore winds, both of these having been found to be a cause of recent sea-ice increase. BTW: Antarctic sea-ice is half as thick as its Arctic equivalent on average.

No major hurricane strikes for eight years

I assume you mean just in the US? And just land-fall. Globally it is different....
http://www.cpc.nc...ure3.gif
Also this is a rebuttal to Pielke ...http://www.columb...2005.pdf

Slowest tornado season on record

No, not quite....http://www.spc.no...-big.png
But, so what? tornadoes depend more on the mid/upper air pattern in terms of dryness and jet wind-shear, than they do surface/heat moisture.

No global warming for 17 years

Climate is measured in 30year periods. Go do it in Woodfortrees. Have you noticed that ENSO has been in a cold phase. You do know that cools the atmosphere?

cont
runrig
5 / 5 (5) Aug 13, 2013
Second slowest fire season on record

Again, I take it you mean the US.
From....http://www.pbs.or...ndscape/
"The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says wildfires are burning twice as much land for two months longer than they did in the 1970s, which he attributes in part to climate change."

Four of the five snowiest northern hemisphere winters have occurred since 2008

This while the Arctic itself had warmer than average winters - as it would necessarily do as a greater southern extent of snows/cold was casued by a much increased frequency of -ve AO conditions which exported the cold further south. This is a consequence of NH wind changes on a seasonal basis and did not make the globe colder as a result. More snow does not equal colder - sorry. This having a plausible tele-connection to feedback warmth/moisture from Arctic seas after the summer melt, and fitting GW theory re a weakening Polar jet.
Howhot
2.8 / 5 (6) Aug 13, 2013
@runrig; good post. It makes you realize just how deep of a hole we've dug for ourselves.
antigoracle
1.4 / 5 (11) Aug 21, 2013

Again, I take it you mean the US.
From....http://www.pbs.or...ndscape/
"The chief of the U.S. Forest Service says wildfires are burning twice as much land for two months longer than they did in the 1970s, which he attributes in part to climate change."

Not an iota of evidence mentioned to support the fact, yet you quote it.
Climate Science, where blatant lies are fed as fact to the ignorant chicken littles.