The record-breaking Midwestern heat wave — triple-digit temperatures for days from St. Louis to Minneapolis — continues its oppressive invasion of Charm City with 103 and 104-degree forecasts for Friday and Saturday.
A result of climate change? Hard to tie a single heat wave directly to climate change, the experts say. But, they add, we ought to get used to the heat. It’s consistent with a larger pattern.
June 2012, for example, was the 17th consecutive month in Baltimore with a monthly temperature above the 1981-2010 monthly normal, according to the National Weather Service.
Also, the temperature reached 90 degrees or higher on 11 days last month, more than double the normal number of 90 degree days for June over the past 30 years. The 100-degree temperature June 21 tied the previous June maximum temperature set in 1923.
According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Service, there’s a 50 percent chance of higher than normal temperatures for July, and a 40 percent chance of higher temperatures for July, August, and September all together.
“Trying to wrap an analysis around it [the current heat wave] in real time is like trying to diagnose a car wreck as the cars are still spinning,” Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring at the National Climatic Data Center tells the Washington Post. “But we had record heat for the summer season on the Eastern Seaboard in 2010. We had not just record heat, but all-time record heat, in the summer season in 2011. And then you throw that on top of this [mild] winter and spring and the year to date so far, it’s very consistent with what we’d expect in a warming world.”