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Heat wave in Midwest is a result of what?

Yeah, you know where this is headed.  Story:

Forecasters call the heat wave gripping the central U.S. "unrelenting," and say residents should not expect any relief soon.

Heat advisories and warnings are in place in 17 states, from Texas to Michigan, as temperatures and humidity combine to make being outside uncomfortable for millions.

Across the country, this month’s summer’s searing heat has tied or broken high temperature records nearly 900 times, reports CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers.


What I want to know is when are the meteorologists going to stop calling all the extreme weather we’ve experienced over the past decade "unusual?" To me, this is starting to look like the new normal. Droughts, heat waves, wildfires, 500 year floods every five years or so — what we used to call unusual is what I now expect. But then I’m one of those heretical, devil worshiping believers in climate change.

Not mentioned?

Where the Midwest gets a lot of its rain during summers is from tropical storms and hurricanes in the Gulf.   And of course “climate change”, aka global warming, tells us that the increased heat caused by increased CO2 will cause increased and more violent hurricanes.

Yet, here we are, well into hurricane season and still looking for our “A” hurricane.

Yup, it really doesn’t matter what happens where, someone, somehow is going to try to make it into a “climate change” event.   But, as Stephen D at Booman Tribune notes, he’s a “believer” so connected dots isn’t particularly important when that’s the case.


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17 Responses to Heat wave in Midwest is a result of what?

  • “What I want to know is when are the meteorologists going to stop calling all the extreme weather we’ve experienced over the past decade “unusual?”
    I bet this ass hat is OK with ‘unexpected’ unemployment reports though.

  • My bud in flight school from Iowa told me that you had to have high humidity and temps over 90 degrees F for the corn to set right (I acted like I knew what setting corn meant).
    A new phenom?…I think not.
    Even Garrison Keillor wrote of how unfair it was to have bitter cold winters and melting hot summers in Minn-a-SOOOOta a couple of decades ago.

  • “The big yellow one is the sun!”

  • Heat waves are caused by high pressure ridges. JSYK.

  • Cue .. Martha and the Vendellas

  • Oh Chirst, I’m sure we did it, what do they want us to do to fix it – we’ll all move to the coasts and live in tiny villages where we’ll have horse drawn transport and try not to burn too much wood to keep warm in the winter.  We’ll farm in little individual plots and the lords (this clown) will come down from the manor to attend the christenings and weddings and funerals before they return to their manor house to get on to the internet and write blogs about how pastoral and quirky we are.
    Will that make them happy?

  • A couple of weeks ago, we had one “peer-reviewed” paper claim that the lack of new warming the last 12 years was due to sulfur aerosols from Chinese coal plants (these are the same byproducts the Clean Air Act eliminates in US coal-fired plants).  This week, NASA comes back with a “peer reviewed” paper that the lack of new warming is due to volcanic activity, not those coal plants in China.
    It’s a damn good thing the science is settled or you’d be left believing that these folks haven’t a clue.
    But not to be out done by his VP, Bill Clinton weights in today with a piece at The Atlantic, Paint Your Roofs White.
    You can’t make this stuff up.

    • yeah, I’m sure there won’t be any environmental impact from a sheet of white the size of New York – no glare impact at all.  After all, that reflected light will just, uh, disappear into the atmosphere.
      Mr. Clinton has clearly never spent any time on a snowfield on a sunny day without goggles.  I guess reflected light and the impact it has on skin, eyes, etc, isn’t a concern to him.

      • No supposedly it works. And it why trees in Canada are bad for global warming because they stop that white snow from reflecting heat away. Thus, we should cut down all the trees in Canada to stop global warming.

  • Stephen D is either about 10 years old or knows nothing about Midwestern weather.  There is nothing unusual about Midwestern weather this year.  It’s been like this, more or less, my entire life of 42 years. And before that, the same.

    • He probably grew up on a coast – the differences between the mid continental weather and the weather influenced by the oceans is significant.

  • I haven’t bothered to look at any historical data, but the summer here in No. Carolina seems to have been rather mild so far.

    O’ course, “mild” for us means “swimming in your own sweat” in five minutes instead of two!

    Anyway, didn’t the gorebots tell us this past winter (you remember: when many parts of the country were getting “unprecedented” snowfalls?) that “weather isn’t the same as climate!!!”?

  • The summer of 1980 was hot…this one’s kinda normal.

  • <i>still looking for our “A” hurricane</i>

    While I agree with the larger point, we are up to B in the Atlantic, though Bret is winding down now –

    There, however, have been no hurricanes, and both tropical storms have been quite mild, but we don’t use a different list for hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • If you dont like the weather in Texas, just wait 5 minutes. It will change.

  • Climate Change == El Nino