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Wed Jun 22, 2022, 06:16 PM

In world's first, Spain's Seville to name and classify heatwaves

Source: Reuters

June 22, 2022
2:42 PM EDT

MADRID, June 22 (Reuters) - Seville has introduced a pioneering system to name and classify frequent heatwaves that affect the city in Spain's arid south, which will tie meteorological forecasts to health impacts, Seville Mayor Antonio Munoz said.

The pilot project comprises three categories and will alert the population up to five days in advance of a heat event, he said in a statement late on Tuesday.

"We are the first city in the world to take a step that will help us plan and take measures when this type of weather event happens," the mayor said.

The heatwaves will be categorized on a three-level scale, and named in reverse alphabetical order. The first five will be called Zoe, Yago, Xenia, Wenceslao and Vega.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/worlds-first-spains-seville-name-classify-heatwaves-2022-06-22/



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Lil Liberal Laura Jun 22 OP
Chin music Jun 22 #1
Lil Liberal Laura Jun 22 #2
Chin music Jun 23 #11
Behind the Aegis Jun 23 #10
Chin music Jun 23 #12
pfitz59 Jun 22 #3
Harker Jun 22 #4
LeftInTX Jun 23 #5
NullTuples Jun 23 #6
denbot Jun 23 #7
Behind the Aegis Jun 23 #9
Behind the Aegis Jun 23 #8

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Response to Chin music (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 07:17 PM

2. We name Hurricanes because they're Dangerous

And so are heatwaves.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 03:03 AM

10. Actually, naming them might bring peoples' attention to how dangerous they really are.

A few American cities are trying this out.

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Response to Lil Liberal Laura (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 08:14 PM

3. Its already done by naming scorching desert winds

Scirocco, Santa Anas, Chinooks, etc

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Response to Lil Liberal Laura (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 10:00 PM

4. I don't like storms, hurricanes, etc. having names.

For example, everyone named Katrina now has undeserved negative connotations attached to them.

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Response to Lil Liberal Laura (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 12:40 AM

5. Our heat waves last nine months!

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Thu Jun 23, 2022, 01:22 AM

6. Wee bit of trivia

The national weather service began naming hurricanes and tropical storms after author George R. Stewart named a massive storm "Maria" in his novel, "Storm" in 1941. Along with "Fire", it was the start of an entirely new genre of story where the main character is a natural disaster, aka the "eco-novel".

More info if you are curious: https://www.ocregister.com/2021/10/02/we-name-hurricanes-in-part-due-to-this-80-year-old-novel-about-a-storm-slamming-into-california/

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Response to Lil Liberal Laura (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 01:23 AM

7. We need to adapt that system.

Right now.

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Response to denbot (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 03:02 AM

9. I think LA, Miami, and Minneapolis are doing this.

I think there is one other city but I can't remember which. The ranking depends on the city and its climate, so something in Miami wouldn't necessarily be the same as a "named" heatwave in LA or Minneapolis.

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Response to Lil Liberal Laura (Original post)

Thu Jun 23, 2022, 03:01 AM

8. I just saw something on this.

There are a few cities in the US that are going to adopt this on a trial. I think it is LA, Miami, and Minneapolis. In the video I saw, it was claimed more people die from heat strokes and heat-related illness than all other natural disasters combined. If true, that is damn scary.

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