Earth’s Summer Report Card Is Here!

August 9, 2018

It’s official: Records are being set everywhere! Shattering records in sports is something people get excited about, but temperature records? Not quite so much.

So far, 2018 is on track to be one of the four hottest years ever recorded! The first three years? If you’re reading this, then you’ve experienced them: 2015, 2016, and 2017. So where is the heat being felt? Much of Europe has been going through a heat wave this summer; even countries above the arctic circle, like Sweden, Finland, and Norway, have been setting heat records.

An unwelcomed guest has been appearing during and after the heat waves: forest fires. Sweden experienced wildfires this year, surprising authorities who had to request help from other countries. Greece had a very deadly wildfire a few weeks ago that was the result of arson, but the intense heat wave and heavy winds were what spread the flames much more quickly and extensively than usual. In the United States, heat waves and wildfires erupted in various parts of the country. Two firefighters died in dangerous forest fires in California, which was recently ravaged by fires in 2017 as well.

Scientists are pointing to global warming as the reason for warming trends across the planet, and authorities are gearing up with emergency support as more and more heat waves emerge throughout the summer.

What’s the weather like in your part of the world? Here in San Francisco, the Xyza team is bundled up in warm jackets and scarves as the annual summer fog descends over most of the city. The grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it?