Let’s face it: talking about an ever-warmer world is not very sexy and we hear it so much that we’re getting used to it.
That, of course, is the wrong road to take as we’re better off accepting the facts and moving forward toward solutions. Last year soared to #4 in the record books for hottest on record in the United States, but consider this: December was THE hottest December on record and summer was THE hottest on record (Houston barely reached 100° but you’ll recall all those searing days in the Northwest).
What’s interesting about the above graphic is that 6 of the past 10 hottest years all occurred since 2012. This is not random acts of warmness. This is a trend. And an expensive one:
You can’t hook every weather event to a warming world, but last year started with the February Freeze across the country, went to deadly wildfires in the West, a summer heat wave in the Northwest and Rockies, Hurricanes Elsa, Fred, Ida and Nicholas, a Midwest Derecho and December’s horrific tornado outbreaks across Kentucky. Just to name a few. Across the country, 20 climate disasters ran a tab of $145 billion (in 2021, there were 22 such disasters costing $102 billion). Here’s a graphic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
Houston is warming, too
The concern is that while there may be a scattering of cooling years, by and large the warmer line keeps moving north. Here in Houston we are seeing the same thing:
It’s Hump Day. Enjoy!