New urban heat island study shows surprising variation in air temperatures

Watts Up With That?

From the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA and the “any motorcycle or bicycle rider can tell you this” department comes this study on UHI in Minneapolis.

Results provide valuable insights into efforts to reduce heat-related harm in metro areas globally

newurbanheat The distribution of temperatures across the Twin Cities urban heat island averaged over nighttime and daytime, by season. Credit: research team

Some parts of the Twin Cities can spike temperatures up to 9°F higher than surrounding communities thanks to the “urban heat island” effect, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota.

The study, which was funded by the Institute on the Environment and published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, used a network of 180 sensors deployed throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area in residential backyards and city parks to paint the most detailed picture anywhere in the world of how temperature varies with time and…

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