Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Global Deep Fry

Never having been to hell (despite plenty of suggestions that I make the trip), I can't say how hot it is there, but I can say it's plenty uncomfortable here in St. Louis. In fact, it's pretty hot in a lot of the U.S. Here's a live heat map.

Casting my eye over the wires this morning, I find the following stories: Britain set to sizzle in hottest temperatures ever and Heat Wave Broils Much of Nation.

Now, I know that one heat wave doesn't global warming make (heck, it was 112 in St. Louis in 1954 on this day), but put a bunch of abnormally warm days together and, well, that's the definition of global warming. Here's a frightening quote from the U.S. weather story linked to above:
The federal government reported last week that the first half of 2006 was the warmest in the United States since record keeping began in 1895. The average temperature for the 48 contiguous United States from January through June was 51.8 degrees, or 3.4 degrees above average for the 20th century.
And we all know the federal government doesn't lie. It didn't start with 2006, either. Google the phrase "hottest year" and here are some of the results:
  • 2004 is 4th hottest year for world since 1861, UN
  • UN: 2003 third hottest year on record
  • 1998 was the hottest year on record
  • 2005: The Hottest Year in Recorded History
Still not convinced that something unique is going on with the weather? Here's a chart that I "borrowed" from a prominent newspaper (not the Washington Times or the New York Post, hint, hint) that seems to show some sort of trend:

Of course, I'm not a scientist. Then again, neither are the vast majority of global warming naysayers. The same can't be said for the other point of view. We need to do something about this. In the meantime, I hope you have air conditioning or, barring that, a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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