North Pole, Alaska has just banned fireworks. Santa and his elves will have to celebrate the 4th without sparklers. It seems that Alaska is burning along with much of the Western United States.
You can read the notice on the North Pole’s Website. Scroll down to the “News” section. You can read about Alaska’s fire season here. Remember that this link is more than a week old. Another link to Alaska’s heat wave is here. The last paragraph states, “Climate Central notes in their story, “Alaska is one of the fastest-warming states in the U.S., largely because the nearby Arctic region is warming rapidly in response to manmade global warming and natural variability. In recent years, Alaska has had to content with large wildfires, melting permafrost, and reduced sea ice, among other climate-related challenges.”
It’s hot here in the West. It’s “only” 78 degrees here in this part of Mendocino County where I live but normally here on the coast it’s socked in with fog and we have to turn the heater on during the Summer. High heat records are predicted to be broken. A record heat wave doesn’t prove anything as far as climate change. But as President Obama just stated and I’ve written elsewhere, 7 of the top 10 warmest years in the lower 48 states have occurred in the past 15 years and 2012 was the warmest year on record. Seems that this trend is hard to dismiss.
Most parts of Western United States has also been under extreme drought. These drought conditions have seen massive wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico. California has seen an early start to their fire season.