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After a record-melting day, we've had a night of extreme storms that have killed several people and left millions of people without power across the Mid-Atlantic region.

What's next? Forecast highs for Saturday & Sunday here in the DC area: 101 & 101. With another chance of strong storms each night.

And it's not even July yet.

tim_robbins_kevin_costner_bull_durham_001To borrow a phrase from Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham, this is the climate crisis announcing its presence with authority.

We've spent the last 100+ years digging fossil fuels out of the ground and burning them as quickly as we can. We've added unfathomable amounts of energy to Earth's atmosphere in the blink of a geological eye.

Yet instead of acting at the first serious warnings of crisis back in 1988, we've spent another generation burning carbon-based fuels faster than ever.

We've sat & listened to the CEO of Exxon Mobil ask if global warming will really be so bad - but now that it's here in full force, do we have any idea how bad it might really be?

Doug Kammerer, a meteorologist at NBC4 here in DC, explains how global warming is adding fuel to the atmospheric fire we've witnessed:

Learn more about how global warming is causing extreme weather.

Originally posted to TheGreenMiles on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Hawks.

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