Eight wildfires in Colorado:
But look at the West:
And the western United States:
What climate change?
From Julia Whitty at Mother Jones:
Record average national temperatures from May 2011 to April 2012: NOAA/NCDC
The last 12 months were the hottest 12 months in US history since record-keeping began in 1895. This according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center‘s latest State of the Climate report.
United States Drought Monitor as of 1 May 2012.: climate.gov
The gnarly partner to all this heat is drought. The US Drought Monitor (USDM) map above shows the state of drought in the lower 48 as of 1 May 2012. That’s a lot of dry territory.