We could get our 4th official heat wave this summer, if there’s 3 consecutive days in the 90s this week.
— NY1 Weather (@NY1weather) July 15, 2012
“One of the most salient—but also, unfortunately, most counterintuitive—aspects of global warming is that it operates on what amounts to a time delay. Behind this summer’s heat are greenhouse gases emitted decades ago. Before many effects of today’s emissions are felt, it will be time for the Summer Olympics of 2048. (Scientists refer to this as the ‘commitment to warming.’) What’s at stake is where things go from there.”
—Our prediction remains “fires.”