2 August 2011
Bartlesville, Oklahoma Reaches 110° at Solar Noon (1 PM CDT)
Posted by Dan Satterfield
Take a look at the IR GOES image below, and you can clearly see where the hottest ground is. Keep in mind that the thermal IR satellite surface temps. are a combination of trees and grass etc., but it’s still a good look at the areas that will see the worst of the heat today.
The amazing heat is even more amazing when you look at the data compiled by the National Climate Data Center.
The daily records below are just as incredible.
Are these more extreme events being seen in the context of climate change in the US or is it just seen as normal variation?
One hot summer does not climate change make, but the fact that we continue to see many more high temp. records than low records is exactly what would be expected in a world where the climate is warming. All but one of the last 17 months have seen highs far outnumber the lows record wise.
Dan, thanks, understand what you are saying. I guess my question was more around the issue of – do such events have any influence on US public opinion?
That is the interesting question. Hot summers have ( if polls are to be believed) led more people to believe all the scientists, and ignore the fossil fuel funded groups who try and manufacture doubt. What’s interesting is that there is growing evidence that the extreme weather seen in the past few winters may be even more a result of climate changes than the heat.
There is a percentage of Americans who will never believe the science because to do so would require a complete change of their political world view ( see Bob Altemeyer’s book http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/).