Heat Wave Breaks Records Across West- Another Effect of Global Warming

Map courtesy of local.msn.com

Map courtesy of local.msn.com

According to the Washington Post, June 1st:

“Triple-digit heat struck again elsewhere in Southern California, while metropolitan Phoenix saw just a slight drop in temperatures after experiencing record-breaking heat Saturday. The 119-degree high in Phoenix on Saturday marked the fourth-hottest day in metro Phoenix since authorities started keeping temperature records more than 110 years ago. The high temperature for the metro area hit 115 on Sunday.

Las Vegas temperatures have been at 115 and above in recent days — including a record-tying 117 on Sunday — helping make June the hottest ever in Sin City.

June was the third-hottest in Salt Lake City history, highlighted by the record high for the month of 105, set on Friday and Saturday.

High-temperature records were shattered across the region over the weekend. The high of 115 at Lancaster’s Fox Field on Sunday represented not just a record for a June 30 but an all-time high — surpassing the 114 degrees recorded 53 years ago.

In San Diego County, Campo set a record with a 107-degree mark.

Tragedy struck north of Phoenix as hot gusty winds fueled an out of control wildfire that overtook and killed 19 firefighters near the town of Yarnell. Forestry spokesman Art Morrison said the firefighters were forced to deploy their fire shelters, tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and heat.”

The important thing to remember here is that record heat is one of many indicators of a larger problem- abnormal weather is quickly becoming the norm. The governor of NY is convinced of this and is currently seeking ways to update NYC’s infrastructure, including possibly rebuilding or modifying coastline buildings and homes, after the disastrous effect Superstorm Sandy had on the city and state. His goal is to prepare the state for future large storms.

Photo courtesy of  Valley_Guy at Flickr

Photo courtesy of Valley_Guy at Flickr

The federal government has also finally become convinced and has expressed this in its official reports of the increase in recent years of forest fires. Millions of dollars are spent on fighting these blazes, and many lives are lost, including those of fire fighters.The prediction is that the rate, and intensity, of forest fires will only increase over time because hotter and drier than normal air means worse fires. Even home insurance companies are planing ahead for increased natural disasters like hurricanes by modifying current rates for natural disaster insurance coverage.

The reality is that regardless of whether or not we want to believe that we are in the midst of global warming/climate change, we will continue to suffer it’s consequences.

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2 thoughts on “Heat Wave Breaks Records Across West- Another Effect of Global Warming

  1. Thanks for reporting this Tanya – it is definetely not a popular topic, especially when a climate a change event is happening somewhere daily. This is like intervening with a person who has a drinking or drug problem. That person isn’t happy about it.

    And how do we take away people’s ‘oil fix’. The best we can do is harm reduction. Like providing free needles, we need to provide free caulking and free LED light bulbs . . . . This doen’t sound glamarous at all, but we have to do it though.

    Also lets lets keep at big oil and big auto – they’re getting a free ride, at the expense of any person who suffers or dies from global warming – those fire fighters for instance. People need to be reminded that we’re addicted to oil and it is hurting both people and the planet badly.

    Keep up your good voice, do some deep breathing, and take care of your self, always. Namaste. Bruce

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