5 May 2014
The high made it to 102 today in Wichita.
From NWS Wichita:
The area of EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT continues to grow.
In the Great Plains, all heat and drought are compared to the height of the dust bowl in 1936. A dry spring means a hotter ground, and this can lead to a feedback that causes more drought and heat. The new U.S. Climate Assessment (which will be released this week) has a couple of things to say about the future of the Southern Plains. Not that any of the U.S. Senators from this region publicly accept the science underpinning the big bang, climate change, or evolution (to be fair to them, they would certainly find themselves out of office if they were to say otherwise). For those that prefer scientific method, some snippets from the Draft Assessment are below:
You can read the Great Plains section of the Draft Assessment here. Archeological evidence from the past 10 centuries shows periods of epic drought lasting decades in this region, and combining one of those with anthropogenic climate changes later this century, you could easily see an end to agriculture in large swaths of the region.