State of Texas: It’s Getting Hot In Here

Dave Mann

rushlimbaughstateoftexas

The Polar Vortex that descended over parts of the United States in early January brought not only frigid temperatures but also a new round of skepticism about climate change. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh said the cold weather proved that climate changes is a “hoax.” Despite the occasional cold snap, average temperatures across Texas are going up. Nearly every city in Texas sees fewer freezes now than it did in the 1970s. And average temperatures in Austin have gradually risen in the past 50 years.

Sources: Climate Central; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Illustration by by Joanna Wojtkowiak

Do you think free access to journalism like this is important?
The Texas Observer is known for its fiercely independent, uncompromising work — which we are pleased to provide to the public at no charge in this space. That means we rely on the generosity of our readers who believe that this work is important. You can chip in for as little as 99 cents a month. If you believe in this mission, we need your help.


Dave Mann is a former editor of the Observer.


You May Also Like:

Top