Wednesday, August 12, 2015
COTW: Hot Enough!
US Person wonders often why local weather forecasters largely ignore the obvious effects of climate change in their segments on the evening news. Oregon just experienced one of the hottest Junes on record, yet hardly any information was presented showing how the current June compares to other Junes for the number of hot days over 90℉ in a record of local temperatures stretching back beyond the beginning of the last century. He actually asked a local weatherman while attending a charity event why global warming was largely ignored by him. The reply was along the lines that such information might offend some of the station's viewers! Indeed. Not wanting to be rude, but in the interest of full disclosure US presents this chart from NOAA showing June temperature maximums for Oregon. There is a 120 year trend line upward of two-tenth degree increase per decade. No wonder the rivers are full of humans: