Think Progress beats the drums of climate change by warning of a “Trump Heat Wave:”
Most of the country is entering into the first few hours of a blistering heat wave that will extend well into the weekend.
Dangerous combinations of high temperatures and humidity will push the “heat index” (what the temperature “feels like”) past 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the Dakotas down to Texas and across to Maine and Florida, an area encompassing well over half of the country’s population.
But as countless studies have made clear, the kind of extreme heat waves this country, Europe, and elsewhere have been experiencing this summer and last have been made more intense and more likely thanks to human caused global warming.
Even worse, if we fail to significantly curb emissions of carbon pollution — which is the current plan put forth by President Donald Trump’s climate policies — then these severe and deadly heatwaves will become the normal summer weather over the next few decades.
What Think Progress conveniently forgets is that the “FDR Heat Waves” of the 1930s were far worse.
First off, the Think Progress article uses misleading “heat indices” to artificially inflate and exaggerate the temperature readings. The actual forecast temperatures for today are in the map below.
Furthermore, NOAA and NASA tampered with U.S. climate history to accommodate the narrative of rising temperatures. What was a modest cooling trend in pre-2000 data became a warming trend in the re-scaled data. Steven Goddard’s GIF compares the original and modified data:
Nevertheless, the temperature measurements of the 1930s remain a matter of record and far exceed anything seen in recent decades. A little bit of climate history goes a long way in countering today’s climate hysteria.