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  •  And Denvers 90+ day records (12+ / 0-)

    I was digging around the other day and came across the records for the most 90+ days in Denver.  I noticed some interesting things.

    YEAR    Total
    2000    61
    1994    60
    2002    56
    2005    55
    2007    54
    2006    54
    1978    52
    1874    51
    1964    50
    1960    50
    2011    50

    First, it's mid August and I believe Denver has 55 90+ days so far this year.

    Notice the record set in 1874 stood for 104 years, and since then has been broken 7 times!

    Counting this year, 7 of the 10 years with the most 90+ days have occurred since 2000.

    The record set in 2000, and likely to be broken this year, shattered the 1874 record by 20%!  That would be like a runner breaking the 4 min mile record by 48 seconds.

    And I think almost every 100+ day record for denver was shattered this year also.

    I picked Denver because I live in CO., but I'm sure you can find plenty of cities with similar records.

    •  Dallas broke (2+ / 0-)
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      our record for "over 100 degree days" last year.

      71 days.

      It was unbearable.  Truly.  Days of 107.  That's outrageous for us.

      My 10 year plan involves moving to Colorado.

      •  before or after they put it out? (1+ / 0-)
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        •  Sorry, (0+ / 0-)

          put what out?

          •  Colorado has been in a drought too and hit by (1+ / 0-)
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            massive wild fires.

            I am trying to imagine some safe place to move that will not be affected by the extreme weather driven by global climate change.

            Seeing how the Earth is round and all, I haven't really thought of any place even close to being insulated by these changes.

            •  Insulated FROM these changes--typo (1+ / 0-)
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              I doubt that there is any place on earth that will not be affected.  But some will be affected more, that's for sure.

              Texas is already hot in the summer, but when it goes up to 107 and stays there, that's too much for me.

              Colorado has a long way to go before it reaches that.  I know they had the wildfires there -- I don't see how that can be stopped.  Best thing to do is to live inside of a city, not near the edges, I guess.

              I love Colorado, have spent a lot of time there.  I love the arid climate.  Around Denver, they don't get tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, or typhoons.  The area is less populous, has an international airport, Denver is blue, there are more chances for progressive policies in the future, etc.

              Maybe Canada near water is the best place to be for climate change?  I'm sure someone has done a study.

              •  There are so many systems affected by climate (1+ / 0-)
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                change that I seriously doubt it. It will even affect our vulcanism and earthquake frequency and intensity. And that is in addition to what Fracking does to quake frequency and water quality.

                Canada is not a haven either.

        •  Ouch, a little gallows humor. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          •  I guess. I wasn't laughing when I posted the (2+ / 0-)
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            comment. I am very serious.

            Any place that might not suffer as bad, will be inundated by a mass influx of souls who think they can ride it out in that "safe" place for a time.

            But really that will only end in the depletion of resources there, without addressing the problems that are so glaringly obvious everywhere else.

            There is no where to run. We are here, on this planet.

            Time to sink or swim.

          •  I stopped too soon. (1+ / 0-)
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            Think about all the doomsday scenarios that tell people to move to the mountains in Colorado ride out the Earth Changes. What effect do you think that population explosion will have on the Rocky Mountain Ecosystem?

            How many of these people are moving there with the intent to change their "evil" ways? Not many I wager. Colorado is not a magic pill. It is just a vulnerable to climate change as any other place.

            Even now season creep is severely affecting pollination in the higher altitudes causing the same thing up there, that is happening down here--Flowers bloom out of season, pollinators emerge or arrive too late to use known food sources. Animals starve, flowers are inadequately fertilized, fewer fruit for mammals, fewer seeds dropped, everyone suffers.

            Now lets throw in a heaping helping of freaked out New Agers and Christianists.

            Wow, that helped a lot!


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