They always do things bigger in Texas! Texas has broken a weather record that has stood for over 75 years. Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl days of 1934 had the all-time record for a U.S. state for the hottest summer ever. Texas this summer blew that record away by over a degree and a half (that’s A LOT in climate terms). Oklahoma’s 1934 record is now 3rd, as Oklahoma this summer also beat that 1934 record. Louisiana this summer was close behind, and now has the 4th hottest summer record.
If I were a vindictive person, I might call this karma coming back to bite Rick Perry in the butt, for his continued, idiotic proclamations regarding his disbelief in climate change.
What an amazing year it has been for weather in the U.S. Besides the heat this summer, some states have had their one of their driest summers ever…and yet others have had their wettest summers ever!! In April, we also had the biggest tornado outbreak ever recorded. We had record snowfall in the Rockies this winter, and near-record rainfall in Montana in the Spring, both of which caused record flooding for the Missouri River and other rivers.
Science predicts more extreme weather as a result of climate change. Ah, if only Americans gave a damn about science, or even BELIEVED in science any more.