Hot: the three letters should speak for themselves. Our thermometer was registering 103 degrees F in the shade by noon. It showed 108 degrees F (again, in the shade) before the day was over. I think it could be off a few degrees, but even if it is, temperatures have been running ten degrees F or more over normal for days, with little relief in site. We’ve had one measurable rain since mid June. It’s miserable. We’re losing trees. We’re losing plants that are supposed to be able to take the heat.
I remember back in the 1970s when scientists said we were heading into a mini ice age. Then came the acceleration of global warming, to nullify the effects of other cyclical climate change. Does anyone else remember the summer of 1988? I was in Boston, where we had week after week in the high 90s with no air conditioning for relief. We ran from sprinkler to sprinkler, sought out fountains, and even, um, “borrowed” a crew van and skinny dipped in Walden Pond, all to try to cool down. That year was one of more than a dozen record breakers since then, with each one signaling scientists to look more closely at climate data. And despite a few bad apples among global warming scientists who complained about critics and tried to figure out over now-public email how to discredit them, the science that indicates global warming is real is now overwhelming. It’s warming, and some of the blame can be found in our lifestyles.
Have you noticed higher temperatures, earlier springs, later falls, or other possible signs of climate change at your homes? How are these changes impacting your family? your garden? your animals? your budget? Do you see signs that seem to discredit global warming?
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