It’s really hot outside. We hit 100 degrees yesterday (June 27th) which was our 4th time to hit 100 this summer. Sadly, it’s not even July yet. But one thing we can all agree on, in this time of political debates, technology debates and any other debate… it’s hot outside.
Dallas, from the four years I’ve lived here, has always had hot summers. Most everyone knows that. But doesn’t it seem to be getting hotter as each summer roasts by? I recall moving here in August 2004 and instead of frying and praying I wouldn’t get a heat stroke, I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the temperature gauge read 81 degrees! It was 4:00pm when I read the temperature.
It was truly an amazing, beautiful and not-hot day! Now, I realize, that was an anomaly.
I guess why I feel this hot topic needs to be addressed is because as you’ve read on Culture Feast before, we have people complaining about high energy costs as well as protecting our environment by conserving energy. But isn’t it really difficult to be green when the temperature is so highly in the red?
As a pro-greener, I decided I’d do some research from the National Weather Service’s websitehere in DFW. I calculated the high temperature for today (June 28th) for the last 10 years as well as the last 20, 30, and even 60 years. I was expecting a dramatic increase in temperature and, finally, I would be able to PROVE global warming once and for all.
Interestingly, I was surprised with my findings. True, the highest temp for June 28th has occurred today (in regards to my own experiment, with a high of 99F), but it definitely didn’t sound any warnings. The year of 2005 had a high of 98 degrees. One thing worth noting, though small, is the rest of the 2000s had low 90s for June 28th’s high temperature. Maybe we are warming up, degree by degree, as the years pass? If you’d like to see the temperature experiment, click here.
Regardless of global warming, unusual weather trends or the fact that it’s summer in Dallas, one thing we can all agree on is that it is hot outside. What do you do to relieve the heat? Leave your favorite “beat the heat” tips in the comments below!