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Started by metmike - July 17, 2020, 12:49 p.m.

I will be on Relevant Radio to talk about record warmth at 2:15pm CDT this afternoon.

You can listen live here:

By metmike - July 26, 2020, 3:58 p.m.
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They only had a small amount of time for them to squeeze me in.

That segment starts around 17 minutes in.

I was upset with myself for not mentioning the facts below and just listened to it for the first time.


If you look at global temps, many of the high temp records were set recently. This makes sense.

Look at this record though:

Most consecutive days above 48.9 °C (120 °F): 43 days; Death Valley, California from 6 July through 17 August 1917


  The US has NOT had that much Summer global warming.

HALF of the all time hottest temps for the 50 states in the US happened in the 1930s..........during the Dust Bowl...they have NOT been broken.

U.S. state and territory temperature extremes - Wikipedia
The following table lists the highest and lowest temperatures recorded in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the 5 inhabited U.S. territories during the past two centuries, in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. If two dates have the same temperature record (e.g. record low of 40°F in 1911 in Aibonito and 1966 in San Sebastian in Puerto Rico), only the most recent date is shown.

  • Figure 1. U.S. Annual Heat Wave Index, 1895–2015 Line graph showing values of the U.S. Heat Wave Index for each year from 1895 to 2015.
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    This figure shows the annual values of the U.S. Heat Wave Index from 1895 to 2015. These data cover the contiguous 48 states. Interpretation: An index value of 0.2 (for example) could mean that 20 percent of the country experienced one heat wave, 10 percent of the country experienced two heat waves, or some other combination of frequency and area resulted in this value.
    Data source: Kunkel, 20166