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Record Temperatures Add to Overall Warming Trend

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Reno has just been through a string of five record-setting days for high temperatures. Not only are the days hot but the evenings are a lot hotter than what we're used to, too. And researchers like Dr. Kelly Redmond at the Desert Research Institute are taking notice.

"It used to be that 50 degrees was about as hot as our lows got but this year we've seen some 60's and even a 67 or two," says Dr. Redmond. "Our climate is slowly changing. I can't say that this currently heat wave is a part of that big change but it plays into it."

Redmond says that climate chance is constant. And that it happens through steps.

"We really didn't see much of a change in the summer temperatures for 50-60 even 70 years and now we are seeing temperatures step up. They'll level off so that this seems normal and then they'll step up again. By the end of the century, we could be seeing temperatures like Las Vegas is seeing today. But keep in mind it's all proportional so Las Vegas' temperatures would likely rise as well."

He says that starting around the year 2000 we started seeing warmer summers and more days of over 100 degrees. It's gone from an average of one day over 100 degrees each year to as many as 10 or 11. And if you are counting, we're at six days over 100 degrees this far.

Written by Erin Breen


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