The latest State of the Climate report is out from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The top news:
- August of 2011 was the 2nd-hottest ever in the United States
- Globally, August was the 8th-hottest on record
- So far, 2011 is Earth’s 11th-hottest year on record
On top of that, not only did Texas’ June through August break the record for hottest three-month stretch for any state, but Oklahoma’s June through August is #2 on the list. The Dust Bowl’s been pushed to third – by more than a full degree.
What’s the impact of that extreme heat, and with it extreme drought? As the Texas Forest Service put it, “No one on the face of this Earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions.” Watch how fast the winds of Tropical Storm Lee whipped one wildfire through Texas (in real time):
Might be time for climate science deniers to face reality.