A professor has told the Associated Press the heat and storms that have slammed the country are "what global warming looks like." He won't say it's global warming. But he keeps the fear campaign rolling.
Blistering heat, deadly storms and virulent wildfires have dominated recent news cycles. It's been hot in the heartland, stormy on the East Coast and smoky out west. Jonathan Overpeck, a University of Arizona professor of geosciences and atmospheric sciences, says the severe weather "is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level.
"The extra heat increases the odds of worse heat waves, droughts, storms and wildfire," he said. "This is certainly what I and many other climate scientists have been warning about."
He's right. That's exactly what some have been saying. But that doesn't mean that they are right when they say that increased carbon dioxide emissions from man will cause the planet to overheat.
If what we've seen in parts of the U.S. recently is what global warming looks like, we have to wonder what the low temperatures in other regions indicate. During just one day in the last week of June, 46 cities across the country set or tied record lows, says Mark Johnson of newsnet5.com in Cleveland.
While we might expect Gulkana, Alaska, to register a low of 29 degrees, five degrees colder than its previous record low, who would have thought that on the same day, the Daytona Beach, Fla., International Airport would see its record low for June 28 fall to 63 degrees from 67? Or that the record in Smithville, Tenn., fell from 50 degrees to 43, again on June 28.