Texas Heating Up for the Long Term

Weather models show regular 115-degree summer days

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    Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri

    Humans are funny things. We seem to want the exact opposite of what we have.

    During the summertime, for example, we wish it were cooler. In the winter, on the other hand, we want warmer temperatures.

    Well, we’re about to get at least half that wish, according to an Associated Press article published today. In it, Texas A&M University professor John Nielsen-Gammon foretells of average temperatures in Texas increasing 1 degree per decade, and by 2060, summer days of 115 degrees will be the stuff of the everyday.

    That should make the average winter highs about 80 degrees or so, if my scientific calculations — and by scientific calculations, of course, I mean sitting here thinking, “Hmm, OK, 80 sounds about semi-plausible” —prove out.

    Fortunately for me, I like triple-digit summer days. I wear that diagonal sweat-stripe across my chest from the seatbelt like a convertible driver’s badge of honor. Unfortunately for me, I’ll be way dead by 2060.

    But hey, you kids enjoy.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s thinking, yup, that global warming thing is just junk science. Uh hunh.