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It’s Only Going To Get Hotter

It’s Only Going To Get Hotter


If you look at any meteorology map these days, you’ll notice a lot more pink and red (indicating high temperatures) than you’re probably accustomed to.  Sure, it’s summer and it gets hot, but it’s only the beginning of July, and we still have the majority of the hottest weeks to go.

Over the past week particularly, temperatures have soared, breaking records in numerous cities and states.  Mid-Atlantic residents are still recovering from a rare “derecho” storm that caused numerous high-powered thunderstorms and massive power outages across the region.  The powerful storms killed 13 people and left millions without power as temperatures rose into the 90s and low 100s. Daniel Porter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said “You could draw a line from Denver to St. Louis to Washington, D.C.  All those areas are in the hundreds right now.”  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also commented on the situation saying his state just suffered the largest “non-hurricane power outage” ever in its history.

Weather like this is extremely dangerous and many people still don’t realize the full impact severe heat can have, particularly on the sick and elderly.  It’s critical to stay cool and hydrated as much as possible and to remain indoors, preferably in a cool and/or dark place and decrease strenuous physical activity. Heat stroke, exhaustion and dehydration are all too common in extreme heat, particularly in people who continue to act as they normally would in cooler temperatures.

While summer is supposed to be a hot time of year for much of the world, this type of summer weather is simply dangerous and is only predicted to become more commonplace moving forward.  In fact, climate scientists have continuously warned that a warming planet will lead to more extreme temperature swings; for example, summers will become warmer and will last even longer.

Still, in light of all the data pointing to the obvious, the U.S. continues to remain predominately in denial about climate change. Using AC to stay cool in heat waves only perpetuates the issue, using more energy and therefore pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere.  It’s a vicious cycle we’ve gotten ourselves into and each day we deny reality and take no significant action to abate climate change, the more we’ll face harsher, unbearable weather like we’re experiencing today.  Are we ready?


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9:02AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Can we save some of the heat from our Ontario summer currently roasting us and bank it for the freezing cold winter, melting the snow and giving us a mere two weeks of winter temperatures instead the freezing cold from mid-November til Spring? That way we could use less air conditioning during the heat waves of the summer and less heat during the cold winters and perhaps eradicate cold weather forevermore! Just a thought and a wish!

6:03AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

The 1% plays "good guy, bad guy", which means part of the 1% commits crimes while other 1%ers pretend to be our saviors from the harmful consequences of the bad deeds of the first 1%.

5:34AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Average global temperatures have not gone up in 12 years. It may be hotter where you are but it is the average tenperature of the globe that is important! Professor James Lovelock has recanted on his dire predictions of global catastrophy. He wouldn't do that if he was unsure about the latest data he was recieving.

5:30AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

No-one is denying that climate change is real. We, the anti-carbon tax people are denying that anthroprogenic (Human caused) climate change is real. We only produce about 3 to 5% of naturally produced CO2 so are unlikely to be causing this change.

3:59AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

This the time to be vigilant. The 1% will try to use crises like these to get the government to declare martial law so they can take our freedoms away. They want to scare us into giving our freedoms away like they do at war time.

11:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

thanks to the biggest polluter countries like the USA who did not sign treaties to bring all their efforts to counteract the destroyance of our planet, the global warming cannot be brought to a stop ....

11:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

thanks to the biggest polluter countries like the USA who did not sign treaties to bring all their efforts to counteract the destroyance of our planet, the global warming cannot be brought to a stop ....

12:47AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

With the blistering heat in the central and eastern parts of the U.S., I'm sure there was a massive spike in air conditioning use which will exacerbate the problem, however where I live in Calif. it has been mostly much cooler than normal with westerly winds bringing in cool ocean breezes near daily this year! Normally there would be lots of AC use here in summer but way less now, which will help counter some of the use east of the rockies.

7:47PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Personally, I waste no time trying to convince anybody of climet change because the more you do, the more they will deny and discount everything.They wouldn't have a clue as to what to do about it anyway.If they are ever ready to acknowledge that something is up, they will find what ever level of info they can handle and act on it. In the mean time lets get on with doing what we personally can do and pay no attention to what the deniers say because they are not taking that part of reality into consideration, so their opinions are basically worthless.Lets deny that they exist.

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