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August 16, 2016

BW photograph of the sun rising onto Harbour East in Baltimore, Md.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The forecast for today in the Baltimore/Washington region called for temperatures in the high 90s with a heat index of 108 degrees.  I do not know if we hit that mark, but it sure was hot and humid.  A fairly decent thunderstorm rolled though during the afternoon.

BW photograph of the East Promenade in Portland, Maine

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Temperatures were in the 90s with high humidity in Southern Maine over this past weekend as well.  The above photograph is from the East Promenade, which is in Portland, Maine.  It was made on Friday when it was quite uncomfortable to be outside.

BW photograph of Front Street in Bath, Maine.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

A bit of rain fell early on Saturday, which made for pleasant walking in the downtown area of Bath, Maine.  However, the thermostat registered into the mid-80s with a return of the humidity on Sunday.  That was not so pleasant.

“Decent”, “uncomfortable” and “not so pleasant” are, of course, relative terms.  A thousand miles away from Baltimore, flooding in Southern Louisiana has reached proportions exceeding those which occurred during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Going a bit more than 2500 miles west from Baltimore, the Clayton wildfire is burning in Northern California.  A man suspected of arson has been arrested in connection with that fire.

It is important to remember that weather is local and transient.  Climate change is enduring and global.  As documented here in an article entitled “Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures”, we are now in a very long run of high temperatures that are definitely not localized.  The wildfires in California are symptomatic of the years-long historic drought in that part of the country.  We are now moving into the prime of hurricane season for this part of the world.

Yes, it is hot, humid, and dry, except for where and when it isn’t.

Take care.

 

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