Is it Really Getting Hotter?

       A recent issue of New York magazine stated some facts about the heat; specifically, the number of record high temperatures set in New York City by decade.  For example, 6 high records were set in the 1870s and 27 in the 1920s.  The 1940s saw 41 new records, the same number as we had in the 2000s.  So that would indicate that perhaps it’s not getting worse. 

       But I’ll submit that a recent experience may contradict the evidence.  Mine’s not statistical or scientific, but the “real feel.”  A few weeks ago, my brother Mike, his family, and my family went on our annual weekend to Hersheypark.  The Friday we were in the park felt like the hottest day we had had in a very long time.  My nephew checked his phone, and the heat index in mid-afternoon was a sweltering 126 degrees!  Now, that’s hot.  Rather than staying until the 10pm closing, we voted unanimously to return to the air conditioning of the hotel at 5.  And it wasn’t even a dry heat… 

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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