You can rarely score better than 100% on a test. People say when you give something 110%, you're giving it "your all." 100--110% are remarkably good things! However, 110, when it refers to the heat index that is associated with the 102°F temperatures outdoors, is not that good of a thing after all. 100 is truly not any better. Hot is hot. Bloody hot!! Dangerously hot!
According to The Weather Channel's recorded weather for Baltimore for the last 7 days this July (see graph to the right), we've been living on or near 100°F for the bulk of a week. In fact, in looking at the graph, I beg to differ with Friday's 99°F due to the 3-digit number that my car thermometer reported (not to mention my own personal sweat factor). During yesterday's 104°F, I was attending a wedding (thankfully indoors), and I "sweated" more than I think I have ever sweat before. Yet, the bride and groom merely glistened and glowed... despite the fact that their families had endured 7 days in all of this heat with no electricity due to the Friday, June 29th derecho storm that swiped Maryland, knocking out trees and power left and right. (Plus, now they have a good story to tell their grandchildren about the week prior to their wedding.)
Just 2 days ago, an interesting article appeared as an OpEd piece in Newsday by Joshua Keating entitled "Bad Weather or Global Warming?" In it, he argues just that--when is weather just wacky, and when is it a result of climate change (aka "global warming.")? He writes:
He goes on to say (as I quote from the same article):"This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level," University of Arizona professor Jonathan Overpeck told The Associated Press of this summer's heat waves, wild fires and brutal storms. The liberal news watchdog Media Matters has blasted outlets that fail to mention climate change in the coverage of the wildfires sweeping across western states. Some commentators have also blamed climate change for the June 29 derecho storm that spread from the Midwest to the East Coast and left 23 dead and 1.4 million without power."
"May 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive May and 327th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average."
327 months in a row? That's 27.25 years. YEARS!! Years beating the 20th century average. That is significant. That is older than my friends, the bride and groom, at yesterday's wedding
It is through numbers such as these that makes me shake my head, wondering what people are thinking when they vehemently argue against the fact that the planet is heading up at a rapid rate. Numbers such as these are not coincidental!