Sunday, July 30, 2006

Hot and Bothered

It's hot all over, and that's a fact. Much of the United States is suffering from extreme temperatures, with what appears to be about 60% of the country in drought conditions. California in particular has suffered from the high heat, experiencing a high number of heat-related deaths.

It's hot in Europe as well. Europe's summer heat wave looks to be headed for the record books. People are dying there, too.

I saw footage on the news last night from England, where lakes have dried up leaving lifeless beds of cracked and desiccated mud. It looked eerily reminiscent of shots I've seen of some of the drought-stricken areas of Africa.

A least one prominent scientist has been quoted as stating that there is a close connection between heat waves and global warming. Like this comes as any surprise.

Numerous current global warming studies concentrate on average monthly and yearly temperatures. Some research during the past few years, however, shows that climatic change is at its most dangerous during such extreme events as high temperatures, droughts, and flooding.

Apparently, computer models indicate that it will only get worse before it gets better.

What I know for sure is that it's hot, as hot as the third or fourth circle of hell. Oddly enough, it's been hot for so long that I've now reached a point where I can say that a day when it's only in the low 90s doesn't seem so bad at all. Around here, we're looking at 100+/- again from tomorrow through at least Thursday. It's gonna feel like hell's a-poppin'.

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