Fires, Severe Drought and 40,000 Record High Temperatures in 2012 – A New Normal in Global Warming?

“Clearly the Earth’s climate is warming up and these anonymously high temperatures – these really bad heat waves – are making the droughts much worse.”

- Jonathan Overpeck, Ph.D., Inst. of the Environment, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

Friday, July 20, 2012, Albuquerque Journal.
Friday, July 20, 2012, Albuquerque Journal.
NOAA U. S. Drought Monitor as of July 17, 2012.
NOAA U. S. Drought Monitor as of July 17, 2012.

July 26, 2012  Tucson, Arizona - In only the last six months since January 1st this year, the United States has set more than 40,000 high temperature records, but only 6,000 low temperature records. At the beginning of May, two massive wildfires burned in far West Texas.

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