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July 30, 2010

99.8 degrees F ... in Moscow!

The Moscow Times is reporting a new all-time record high temperature today in downtown Moscow of 37.7 degrees Celsius. That's an astonishing 99 degrees Fahrenheit. It was 101 degrees F at the airport. One-hundred-thirty-year-old records are toppling across Russia amid a three-week heat wave. And Muscovites, unaccustomed to Record heat MoscowChesapeake-like summer temperatures, are suffering. The Times reports:

"The adverse effects of the severe heat, which has been menacing Muscovites since late June, are aggravated by heavy smog that has blanketed the city and is caused mostly by burning peat in forests surrounding Moscow.

"Russia's chief lung doctor, Alexander Chuchalin, warned on Wednesday that walking in the streets of Moscow is like smoking two packs of cigarettes every few hours because of the large concentration of toxins in the air."

Hundreds of Russians have drowned this summer while trying to cool off in local waters. Alcohol is said to have contributed to many of the drowning deaths. Heat and drought have killed crops and fueled forest fires that have destroyed whole villages.

(AP PHOTO/ Igor Yakunin)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 3:25 PM | | Comments (1)
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Hi Frank,

I've been enjoying your blog regularly since the crazy snow last winter

I'd like to get a weather widget up on our community homepage.. was hoping to throw the internet traffic to the local talent : ) does the Sun have any such code?

thanks for your blog!

FR: Thanks for the query. When I get the answer, I'll post it here. Please check back. In the meantime, you can link to The Sun's weather station, at Calvert & Centre streets, with this url: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KMDBALTI25
You can also link to The Sun's main weatherpage, at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/weather/

The latter will actually bring us the web traffic. Thanks.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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