Lisa Hymas has a good overview of the 1,924 new high-temperature records set across the United States last week. The only numbers in that post that aren't three digits are the ones indicating the timescale of the upcoming problem: within 60 years, it will be ubiquitous.
Here's what these hotter temperatures and shifts in weather systems look like to the people experiencing them:
Temperatures in Hill City, Kan., hit all-time highs at the end of June. From a report by The New York Times:
For five days last week, a brutal heat wave here crested at 115 degrees. Crops wilted. Streets emptied. Farmers fainted in the fields. Air-conditioners gave up. Children even temporarily abandoned the municipal swimming pool. Hill City was, for a spell, in the ranks of the hottest spots in the country.
“Hell, it’s the hottest place on earth,” [said] Allen Trexler, an 81-year-old farmer who introduced himself as Old Man Trexler. He spoke while standing in the shade of a tree on Saturday morning, the temperature already sneaking toward 100.
The heat wave extended east. On Sunday, Atlanta tied its all-time high temperature of 106 degrees -- a record set the day prior.
In parts of Georgia and Tennessee, the air quality was so bad over the weekend that officials scrapped their Code Red warnings and dubbed the steamy haze a Code Purple, signaling very unhealthy air.
In North Carolina, the heat had a different impact.
Heat records are being shattered all over the country and it was so blazing in North Carolina that a highway buckled and had to close. …
Authorities say it got so hot the pavement buckled on Interstate 440, closing the southbound lanes near the Interstate 40 west exit.