Normal Dallas Heatwave or Global Warming?

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?

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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.

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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!

 

8 Comments

  1. Zap Louisiana

    If the yanks want to be green we could shut off the natural gas pipeline running from Louisiana during the winter that fuel the electric power plants.I want them to use alternitive magic fuel.

     
  2. Zap Louisiana

    I have lived in Louisiana for 48years the climate is the same as it was in 1960.Could global warming be a yankee or left coast disease?We drill and refine oil also without any warming here.If global warming is happening it could be good.You yanks can grow more corn for ethonol in the winter.The snowbirds could stop traveling to Florida in the winter saving energy.Imagine sunbathing and swimming in the Great lakes during Febuary.

     
  3. Last time I checked, Zap, Texans aren’t Yanks.

     
  4. Zap Louisiana

    Lets save more energy than curly light bulbs,Tax computer use!

     
  5. Zap Louisiana

    Temps cycle from year to year.One of the hottest summers we had was in 1980s we have had cooler ones too.If warming was real the temps would stay hot consitantly.Remember the earth is always changing.

     
  6. Jeff McCord

    Zap,

    How do you expect an intelligent conversation when you call us “yanks” (which as Daniel pointed out, is quite ironic, considering we’re in the southern most state).

    I can’t imagine scientists all over the world lying or exaggerating over global warming. Guess only time will tell!

    Jeff

     
  7. Zap obviously holds multiple doctoral degrees in meteorology, climatology, earth sciences, and physics. Zap probably also owns a giant gas guzzling SUV, drives a hyper-polluting log-hauling 18 wheeler, and voted for George W. Bush the last two elections. What do you expect?
    Gary

     
  8. I’ve been living in Dallas all my life, and heat is a natural occurrence every summer. We burn up, and so does everything else. The grass browns, the trees wither a little, and there’s usually a 3 week dry spell every summer.

    Here the summer lasts for about 5 months, from May to September with temps at least the low 90s everyday (except when it rains). Most of the time North Texas is the hottest part of the state, passing even the desert of west Texas. In the winter it’s cold and dry, with lows that are often in the 20s.

    Which makes it the second coldest part of the state next to the panhandle. The grass browns again, with dormant trees everywhere. Our yearly average is 77, but the temp hardly stays there for long. Its usually real hot or real cold. As for global warming, this really isn’t the place to look, because the climate is not temperate enough.

     

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