[This map shows the heat wave currently sweeping across the United States with temperatures taken by a NASA satellite on June 26, 2012]
June Heatwave Broke 3,215 Temperature Records
A scorching heat wave has fueled a rare derecho leaving millions without power, destructive wildfires, and thousands of record-setting temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 3,215 temperature records set or matched in June, with more than 2,100 of those records occurring in one week, between June 25 to July 1. Five states saw more than 100 high temperatures broken: Texas (237 records), Colorado (226), Kansas (164), Missouri (126), and Arkansas (115). With no end in sight to the record heat, the media are now finally connecting the dots between global warming and these rare events, reporting “This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level.”
Remember that this is the new norm. Long gone is the time that we had to worry about the future effects of climate change. They’re already here. We’re living it.