Tuesday July 31st… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:
California On Fire
We have a very real, tangible emergency going on in this country at the moment, which unfortunately most media here is not tying into climate change. California looks like a war zone where brave fire fighters and people are fighting massive conflagrations induced by excessive heat brought about by global warming. The planet is currently seeing global temperature averages at a little over +1.0C above preindustrial conditions. It’s becoming very apparent that California and much of the West will be suffering much more from wildfires as the planet zooms towards +1.5C above preindustrial levels during our lifetimes. It really burns me (pardon the pun) that most television news media are adverse to a tie into climate change in association with the fires. We do see a lot of print media (or on-line written media) making great cases linking this season’s fires with climate change. Perhaps soon I’ll explore in a post why there is so much hesitation stating that climate change is happening on air during those 30 minute prime time news broadcast.
For today I will be posting more news, videos and pictures cobbled together to give all reading a sense of the scope and breath of the western fires. As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. There is so much “stuff” on social media about the fires that I will only show a fraction of material. I hope to hit most of the highlights. I posted these summaries with videos, which were well received, when the Carr Fire began to make national news:
This video gives all the scope of some of the fires:
— craig philpott (@CphilpottCraig) July 30, 2018
8 Lives have been taken by the Carr Fire.
1,236 families that have lost everything except themselves.
6 families lost loved ones.
It is still July. Our fire season peaks in October which is still a full 2 months away.
@ronlin into broader climate context of recent California wildfires, including importance of rising temperatures. Plus, discussion of extraordinary & devastating #CarrFire “fire vortex.” Thoughts by @DrBalch, @climate_guy, @nplareau, and @Weather_West. #CAwx #CAfire
6:41 PM – 31 Jul 2018
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