It’s been a sweltering summer and the whole country is feeling the heat. Here in Rochester, the heat index rose above 100 degrees in mid-August and government officials were encouraging everyone to keep cool as best they could. The National Weather Service even issued a heat advisory, warning residents in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Cayuga, and Onondaga counties to lay low until sunset.
Governor Andrew Cuomo actually directed state-owned facilities to cut back on their electricity use so that New Yorkers would be able to power their overworked air conditioners. Since a third of a typical family’s annual heating and cooling budget goes towards wasted air that leaks into and out of the house through gaps and cracks, you can bet that those air conditioners were on full blast.
Keep in mind that your little ones will need a stroller with a quality fan to keep them cool during those hot summer days! With so many people relying on fans and air conditioning to stay cool, power grids across the nation have been strained this summer. In fact, research shows that U.S. residents have already broken records for power consumption.
Professor Maximilian Auffhammer of UC-Berkeley has stated that these intensely hot summers are likely here to stay. He believes that these “heat waves” will soon cease to be waves.
“What you’re currently thinking is a really hot day in L.A., a lot of models are predicting that’s what most of your summer will look like by the end of the century,” he said.
Even climate change deniers can’t deny that the seasons have become more extreme over the past several years. As we look ahead to winter, meteorologists are trying to predict whether or not Upstate New York will see a mild cold season like last year.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Lower Lakes region (Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester) should expect a warmer-than-normal winter with above-normal precipitation. Of course, residents should take this forecast with a grain of salt since the Almanac isn’t necessarily the most reputable source for weather.