Local TV Station, Warmists, Finally Discover Urban Heat Island Effect

Of course, since this is a cult, they’re still going to link anthropogenic climate change to UHI

Raleigh, Durham warming: Data shows cities have several urban heat islands

Many people might not associate a warming climate with cities and urban areas, but a new project shows how much the increasing global temperature it is actually affecting the Triangle.

Yeah, pretty much every Skeptic will associate urban and dense suburban areas (Raleigh and Durham are very much huge mixed use, like so many cities in the South) with artificially increasing localized temperatures.

surprise surprise surpriseIn July of last year, volunteers in Raleigh and Durham used heat sensors mounted on cars and bicycles or carried in their pockets to collect data about how warm areas were.

More than six months and nearly 100,000 data points later, the results are in.

“It’s important to understand that extreme heat is not distributed evenly or equitably across environments,” said Myleigh Neill, with the State Climate Office of North Carolina.

Neill was one of several presenters Thursday night, sharing the findings. One of the most interesting points: parts of our cities are warmer than researchers thought.

Originally it was believed that the difference in the hottest and coolest parts of the cities varied by 6 degrees. However, the data collection reveals that it is actually a wider margin – Raleigh differed 9.6 degrees; Durham, 10.4.

Well, yeah, that’s the way it works. I’m betting my part of the town, right on the edge near the river, away from most of the dense areas and big buildings, is cooler than the downtown area, near the malls, etc.

On the data collection day, volunteers went around the city three times – early in the morning, late afternoon and in the evening to gather readings.

Both Raleigh and Durham recorded hotter temperatures along major roadways – Capital Boulevard and N.C. Highway 147, respectively – during the early part of the day. Researchers noted that during this time, the Triangle appeared hazy and temperatured didn’t reach as high as forecasted due to smoke blowing in from wildfires out west. Still, as the day progressed and temperature climbed to 88.8 and 88.6 in each city, urban heat islands appeared.

Like I thought

“The term urban heat island refers to the fact that metropolitan areas tend to get much warmer than their outlying regions, especially during summer,” said Neill. “Temperatures on hot days can be amplified by paint and dark surfaces like roads, parking lots and buildings. These surfaces absorb and retain [heat] during the day, and then they radiate that heat back into the air. And this drives a significant increase in air temperature and heat index in certain areas within a city which can get much hotter than green areas.”

Yes, we know this. And, it means less cooling at night, because the heat is retained. That also goes with less radiative cooling due to low level smog and other particulates, which is an environmental issue. I wonder how this compared during much of 2020, when the air was cleaner from fewer vehicles on the road and businesses in operation?

Anyhow, they should really compare the data to outside the city, when you get to places like Wendell, Zebulon, Holly Springs, and others. What are their temperatures doing? It’s nice to see that they “discovered” something Skeptics have known about for decades.

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16 Responses to “Local TV Station, Warmists, Finally Discover Urban Heat Island Effect”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:


    Do you think the fact that the Earth is warming is based on measurements in cities, that is, the urban heat island effect?

    In any event, keep patting yourself on the back for discovering what climate scientists have known for decades.

    • Down on the Corner says:

      what climate scientists have known for decades.

      We all know that AGW is a hoax perpetrated on the world by the collectivist left to give authoritarian power to governments to run their lives believing that if we can just tell the other seventy percent of the world how to live and they have no choice but to listen…………we WIN!!!!!!!

      Collectivism by the left. Universal authoritarianism. It seems to be why the world is burning right now and if these lunatics think they can force a majority of the world to cow down to their AGW dictates, mask mandates, vax mandates they are wrong but that doesn’t keep them from trying because a lie told often enough always becomes the truth. That is why winners get to write history. Except in the woke era where history is revised and taught as the truth.

      • Hairy says:

        The first American politician who warned us about AGW was Ronald Reagan. Are you old enough to remember that ? I am

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  2. Dana says:

    But, but, but, the warmunists want us all to move to densely populated urban areas, where we can all take the bus, to fight global warming climate change!

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      But, but, but, the facilefossilfascists want to deny that the Earth is warming.

      Anyway, although over half of the world’s population live in urban areas, the amount of land occupied by cities is trivial… << 1% of area.

      The idea that cities are responsible for the current rapid warming period is not consistent with evidence.

      • Jl says:

        But..but..but.the climate nutters can’t prove to us why the alleged warming is dangerous…

      • alanstorm says:

        The idea that cities are responsible for the current rapid warming period is not consistent with evidence.

        Wrong again, Ellie.

        Cities are large congregations of humans, and your religion teaches that humans are responsible for “climate change”. You can’t have it both ways.

    • Hairy says:

      For thousands of years humans have been leaving rural areas and moving to the cities. In the usa today red rural areas are steadily losing population especially young people. Saying that this is being encouraged by the left is about as stupid as saying thstvit is being encouraged by capitalists seeking to make wage slaves of them.

    • Hairy says:

      Noooo Dana not busses MONORAILS!!!
      Americans have been fleeing rural life for a century. They have a choice do you have a problem with that?

  3. Dana says:

    I’d point out here that concrete, which is a light grey, reflects away more sunlight than asphalt, which is a much darker grey, and almost black when new.

  4. Professor Hale says:

    So, we discover that the real cause of AGW is… civilization itself. Only when we are all living on land growing our own food and using wooden plows and candles made from our own ear wax can the planet heal.
    Let’s get right on that.

    Or instead, we can just use it convince the truly gullible that rich people aren’t rich enough and “carbon taxes” need to be added to everything to help those poor, poor rich people.

  5. Hairy says:

    80% of the planet is water
    3% of the 20% of land mass at most can be considered urban.
    .006 of the surface of the Earth is urban. Climate change deniers are always asking is it even possible that humans can have any impact on climate

  6. Hairy says:

    Teach never liked math or checking facts that he wanted to agree with

  7. Hairy says:

    Yes Teach it is that 0.006 percent of the Earth’s surface that is driving the record high temps.
    Deniers are always so happy to find a factoid that they agree with

  8. David Ritenour says:

    Yes. In my backyard it is 14 degrees cooler under the tree by the pool than it is on the deck by the pool.

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