Last year’s flooding and this year’s record heat wave are examples of what Nebraskans can expect in the future as the globe warms, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist says.
John Pollack recently said weather disasters -- a scorching heat wave, drought, western wildfires, direct, straight-line windstorms and an early rash of tropical storms -- all are part of a pattern of global warming.
“This is what global warming looks like, and this is for the rest of our lives,” he said.
“The recent heat wave set thousands of individual records from the Rockies to the East Coast,” Pollack said. “Omaha had a record high of 104 on July 6. This has been the warmest start to any calendar year in Omaha. Western and central Nebraska were even hotter. McCook’s all-time high of 115 on June 26 was only 3 degrees shy of the state record,” he said.
Pollack said this is the conclusion of 98 percent of the climate scientists who conduct research and publish in peer-reviewed journals about the climate.