Get Ready For More Sweaty

July 19, 2019

Summer is here and it’s hot. I love it. I loved summer in Milwaukee as a kid but it was always way too short. Not here. Summer starts in May and runs through most of September. Perfect. But things are changing. It’s getting hotter. By hotter I don’t mean more extreme heat. I mean more hot days and hot nights. We define a hot day as one during which the high temperature reaches or exceeds 100° F (37.8° C). A hot night is defined as one during which the low temperature fails to drop below 77° F (25° C). The official record from the Tallahassee airport shows an upward trend in the number of hot days at a rate of 2% per year and a more pronounced upward trend in the number of hot nights at a rate of 4.5% per year. Increasingly frequent hot days and nights result from more and longer hot events (consecutive hot days/nights). Read more about our research at EarthArXiv (https://eartharxiv.org/q4y8z/). I’ll be talking about this at the College of Social Science and Public Policy “Policy Pub” on September 17, 2019 at 5:30p at the Backwoods Bistro.