"O'Lenic said he was not quite ready to blame global warming for the soggy mayhem."
By Anthony R. Wood and Jeremy Roebuck
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Like many US residents I have relatives and friends in several states. My relatives in Colorado, Montana and Arizona have drought conditions most of the time with bouts of extreme precipitation and mudslides and/or deep snowfalls.
My relatives in Florida contend with the hurricanes, drought and deluges like we have here in Pennsylvania. Central USA already has the most extreme weather on the planet and it’s getting even more extreme. God help those people.
Heat waves, flooding and extreme snowfalls are becoming ordinary events here in the Mid-Atlantic States. The fire season out West has changed from a few weeks in the summer less than a decade ago to almost all year long in the last few years.
The state forest service is spending about $1.5 million a day to fight the blazes, officials say. Budget cuts and lax preventive measures are contributing factors.
By Ashley Powers and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2011, 5:23 p.m.