Live Science is a spinoff of Space.com. When they started it up, Space.com asked me to give it a try, so I did. However, I soon became somewhat disenchanted with it as they seemed to have a strong pro-man-is-the-only-cause-of-global-warming attitude. It got tiresome to read. In fact, I had almost quit reading it entirely when, to my surprise, I read this today:
PHOENIX – The Southwest has been gripped by a deadly heat wave that might seem extraordinary to newcomers, those with short memories, or anyone who pays too much attention to the media.
“This has gone on a little too long,” 41-year-old Arizona native Joe Della Rocca told the Associated Press.
Records seemed to melt across the region this week. A new high for the date was set Monday in Las Vegas: 116 degrees. In Phoenix, where eight deaths have been blamed on the heat, the mercury hit 116 Sunday, eclipsing the date’s previous record of 114 set in 1936. Normal for this time of year is 107.
“This is the deadliest heat wave that I can remember,” the assistant fire chief here said.
In Bullhead City, Arizona, the thermometer climbed to 124 on Sunday. The owner of the local Baskin Robbins claimed the heat melted a scoop of ice cream in eight seconds.
Death Valley topped out at 128 degrees Monday, a level not reached for many decades. A similar high was expected Tuesday.
You get the point. It’s hot. But it is summer.
“It is typical to have extreme temperatures this time of year,” said Anton Haffer, the National Weather Service’s chief meteorologist for Phoenix.
Haffer said in a telephone interview that in 15 years of forecasting here, he doesn’t recall a summer when new record highs weren’t set. There’s a good reason why: Reliable records for U.S. weather data go back only to 1895. Many dots remain to be placed under the bell curve of this country’s temperatures……
Haffer said that over the past few years, overnight lows in this sprawling metropolis have been climbing. This time of year, the coolest part of the early morning is sometimes still in the 90s.
The warmer mornings are due largely to the urban heat island effect, in which streets and buildings absorb more of the Sun’s energy than would the natural landscape, and that heat is radiated back into the air all night long.
Wow. An article that acknowledges man’s lack of historical data AND urban heat. They are also quick to point out that Phoenix did not break it’s record high, and the nation didn’t either.
It’s hot, for sure. But, it’s the desert. It’s supposed to be hot. That’s not the fault of man, and, it’s yet to be proven that it’s not part of nature.