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Hot Enough For You?

Posting at Dr Master’s place Angela Fritz notes More record-setting heat; Waldo Canyon Fire consumes 15,000 acres

Tuesday’s heat toppled many records in the Central U.S., particularly in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. On Monday and Tuesday combined, 11 locations tied or broke their all-time record high temperature, 78 locations broke their all-time record high for the month of June, and 382 daily high records fell. Some notable Tuesday records from our Weather Historian:

115° in McCook, Nebraska is the all-time record for any month. The old records for site are 114° 7/20/1932 and for June 112° 6/5/1933—both set in the heat waves of the 1930s. Yesterday’s 115° at Mc Cook also broke the all-time Nebraska state June record of 114° which was set in Franklin in 1936.

105° in Denver, Colorado, ties Monday’s all-time record, and ties the 5-day record for number of days above 100°.

101° in Colorado Springs, Colorado is the all-time undisputed record high for any month.

111° in Miles City, Montana is the all-time high for any month.

111° in Lamar, Colorado tied that all-time heat record in any month.

115° in Hill City, Kansas is the new June record, but fell short of all-time 117° reading, and one degree short of Kansas state June record.

110° in Dodge City, Kansas ties the all-time high for any month, which was just set last June.

These fires aren’t happening in a vacuum. Climate change has allowed the pine beetle to thrive and kill Western forests. It is responsible for the droughts. It is causing these fierce temperatures. This is what happens when the temperature goes up a couple of degrees for an extended period and nothing is done to address the problem. People die in these fires, and will die in the cities that have to endure these temperatures. The problems won’t go away if we ignore them.

3 comments

1 Dave { 06.29.12 at 5:22 am }

According to the CEO of Exxon, we humans will adapt to Climate change and will be able to just go on as usual. Sort of like what Pres Shrub said after 9/11 “Don’t worry about us going to war, ya’ll just go to the mall and shop!”

2 Badtux { 06.29.12 at 10:11 am }

Well, yeah, humans are pretty adaptable. Why, right now somewhere on this planet there’s a 10 year old girl being raped by her father, who has done so regularly for the past two years when he wasn’t beating her for being a stupid girl, and you know what? She’s adapted to that and will likely survive to adulthood. Does that mean that it’s a *good* thing, though?

This cold-blooded sociopathic lizard person is doing to our planet what that sicko is doing to his girl and yeah, it’ll survive, but as a sad twisted shadow of what it coulda been… and humanity will survive, or at least some small percentage of humanity will survive, but again, see above.

3 Bryan { 06.29.12 at 5:23 pm }

The energy companies seem to be changing the world to benefit pine beetles, fleas, and fire ants. They should be selling products and making their profits from their fellow vermin and leave the rest of us alone.

Oil is not nearly as important as water, and these actions are decimating that vital resource. Droughts are reducing it and frakking is poisoning it. You can’t adjust to a lack of water, food, or air, all you can do is die.