Climate continues to make the news. As an example, I present the lead story from Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (California on track for hottest year ever).
Climate Central via Discovery News: 2014 Will Go Down As Hottest In California’s History
by Andrea Thompson, Climate Central
Nov 5, 2014 02:15 PM ET
Book it: This year will go down as the hottest in California’s history.I talked to my sister in Los Angeles yesterday, and she was complaining about how temperatures were in the 90s in November. That's right up there with the fire season starting in May last year and ending in January, then the new fire season starting in April, as a sign of how the climate has changed since I moved out of the state 25 years ago.
With just two months left in the year, there’s a better than 99 percent chance that 2014 will be the warmest year on record for California, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
The state has been baking in above-average temperatures all year — setting a record for the warmest first six months of any year this June — thanks to a persistent atmospheric pattern that has also mired California in a major drought. The heat has only exacerbated the drought’s effects, and the state is in dire need of a really wet winter, an uncertain prospect right now.