Riding the heat wave in WA state
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 04:13
I am writing this from my apartment and, let me tell you, it’s hotter than Hades in here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving this heat wave Washington is having right now—it’s refreshing not having soaked feet while walking on UW’s campus or wishing I had grabbed a scarf as winds chill me while walking to the bus stop. But isn’t this weather a little...weird?
I was reading up on weather history in Seattle tonight and I came across an article written last June. The title of this article was "Seattle weather: Colder than Siberia!" Apparently June 2008 was the coldest June Seattle has ever seen, with temperatures in the mid to high 60s. Today my phone (and my sweat) told me it was 86 degrees. Even now, after midnight, it's about 74 degrees outside. While sitting in my apartment earlier this evening, with all the windows open and a cold glass of water near, I was browsing King5's website. The first article that caught my eye was "Dry spell means early fire season." Apparently there have already been two fires, a forest fire near Mt. Rainier and a brush fire in Arlington.
I wanted to take time to bring this article to your attention for a couple of reasons. For one, it should get people to think about how their actions could impact the fire hazards mentioned in the King5 article. For example, I’m going camping this weekend, and I’ll definitely be keeping a closer eye on where the campfire's embers fly, and I'll have a talk with friends of mine who smoke and tend to flick their cigs out the windows of their cars. But also, I wanted to bring your mind back to the classic topic of global warming. I'm not going to say this bizarre weather is due to global warming, but there’s a possibility. Have you thought about how your actions impact this issue lately? Maybe now’s a good time to think on it once more. For those of you that need a refresher, here's a great site.
Well, on a happier note, enjoy this weather, Washington! Take advantage of going outside and staying dry!
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