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Way Over Our Heads podcast: Climate change fueling deadly combination of heat and humidity in parts of the world

A wet weekend is ahead and the guys on the show also discuss an alarming warming trend.

Way Over Our Heads is a Minnesota-focused climate and weather podcast featuring host Jim du Bois and climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld. 

This week's episode of the Way Over Our Heads podcast focuses on the weather experts discussing a looming warmup but also looking into a recently released climate study that indicates a deadly combination of heat and humidity is threatening to make parts of the Earth uninhabitable at certain times of the year.

"As climate changes, we expect sort of dangerous heat conditions to become more common, first at the equator and then in the tropical and sub-tropical regions," Blumenfeld explains in the episode. "This has always been a future notion, but we do know that there are certain areas – the Gulf Coast of the U.S., parts of Louisiana, areas around the Persian Gulf – there are certain areas where this already happens."

"It's not like it's always deadly hot, but the instances where we've had basically unsurvivable heat, because of a combination of heat and humidity, have been increasing, and especially in sub-tropical areas," Blumenfeld added. 

"It has not come to Minnesota. It's unclear, really, if those conditions will. That does not mean that we will not get a lot more humid in the future." 

The climate study chat starts at the 12:15 mark of the Soundcloud player below. 

Warmer weather coming next week; severe weather for MN?

"We know that we're going to move to warmer conditions," said Blumenfeld. "Is this warm pattern going to be a warm and moist pattern with lots of precipitation or is it going to be a warm and dry pattern, where in which case we end up needing precipitation?"

Severe weather in the next 6-10 days?

It'll be possible in the region next week, "although more likely to be in the Dakotas and maybe northwestern Minnesota," explained Blumenfeld, noting that it all depends on the track of a large low-pressure system. 

"It has looked like the Monday-Wednesday period, and if not more of the week, could be quite active somewhere in the region," Blumenfeld added.

According to Novak Weather, who provides daily weather briefings for Bring Me The News, the best chance for severe storms – as it looks now – will come in the latter half of next week for the Twin Cities area. Of course, that's a full week away and things often change dramatically in that amount of time. 


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