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Volunteers from Emory & Henry College on Thursday collected temperature data in the town of Abingdon as part of a statewide project to better understand extreme heat waves.
After months of planning, students, faculty, and community volunteers from over a dozen Virginia colleges and universities took to the streets. Teams collected data to show how heat varies from community to community and to determine where residents are most at risk during extreme heat waves, according to a press release from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
Ed Davis, professor of geography and environmental studies at Emory & Henry, said 12 volunteers worked eight routes around different parts of Abingdon, collecting minute-by-minute temperatures from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“The NOAA project is to get hard data on how the temperatures in our cities are warmer than the surrounding landscapes on hot days,” Davis said. “They’re called heat islands, and they can be life threatening. Most of the temperature data available comes from the limited number of weather service stations and does not reflect the variety of temperatures experienced by people living in various neighborhoods. We wanted Abingdon to be represented as one of the cities in Virginia in the national data set. “
Colleges across Virginia including Lynchburg University, Sweet Briar College, Roanoke College, and others have passed through Abingdon, Arlington, Farmville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Petersburg, Richmond, Salem, Virginia Beach, and Winchester.