I heard a DNR specialist on AM 620 WTMJ radio this afternoon say the current heat wave was reminiscent of conditions in the summer of 1936.
Yipes - - that was a Dustbowl year.
Here's some July Wisconsin weather data.
Compare it to this chart of July, 1936 weather.
As The Journal Sentinel reported last week:
This summer's heat wave is one of the four hottest periods ever for southern Wisconsin, the weather service said. It will rival the Dust Bowl years of 1934 and 1936 and the deadly 1995 heat wave, the weather service said in an excessive heat warning.And we're not even at mid-July, let alone August.
And we're now in a "severe drought."
But from DNR managers on the big air qualty/water conservation/climate change/picture?
Mum's the word, though locals and the DNR need to reboot and refocus the discussion, what with a Lake Michigan diversion application on the table.
And everyone should drop out of Dr. Limbaugh's class:
In 1994 Rush Limbaugh declared, "There is no global warming going on," adding that scientists "admit" they "may need 20 years more data to prove it." Since then, Limbaugh has managed to shield his brain from 18 years of mounting evidence that humans are changing the climate. "Science has made enormous inroads in understanding climate change and its causes," according to the National Research Council's latest report assessing the state of climate science. "There is a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research, documenting that climate is changing and that these changes are in large part caused by human activities," the report said.