At a high dollar fundraiser in Chicago with host Oprah even President Obama says freak heatwave has him "a little nervous"
“We’ve had a good day,” Obama said. “It’s warm every place. It gets you a little nervous about what’s happening to global temperatures. But when it’s 75 degrees in Chicago in the beginning of March it gets you thinking…”The Chicago area is experiencing extreme temperatures in the 80's for five days in a row.
“Something’s wrong,” Oprah interjected.
“Yeah,” Obama said. “On other hand we really have enjoyed the nice weather.”
“This stretch would be rare for April in this area,” Castro said. “To see eighty-plus like that is not even a normal occurrence in the month of May.”It's 83 degrees here in Florida before Easter. I remember as a little girl having to wear a coat with my Easter outfits. But we are not alone most of the nation has been gripped by a record heat wave of weather as much as 30 to 40 degrees above normal. Global warming pollution is continuing to accumulate and heat the planet at a rapid pace.
Before the heat wave, there had only been 10 March days on record that reached 80 degrees, and on average Chicago would see one 80 degree day in March every 14 years.
Following an abnormally warm winter, the latest record-breaking streak started on Wednesday when temperatures reached 81 degrees, and remained in the 80s for more than six hours that day. The average for March 14 is 46 degrees, and for March 18 is 47 degrees, according to the weather service.
At the very least President Obama and Oprah have acknowledged the unprecedented weather. Bill McKibben thinks the extreme heat will be ignored by the climate denialists running for the republican primary in Illinois tonight and I agree.