This is becoming another summer that didn’t quite happen. It follows the bum summer of 2020, which was canceled by COVID-19.
In the West this year, summer is literally going up in smoke. Wildfires from Southern California to Washington are burning out of control and clouding skies as far away as New England. The West Coast is seeing extreme drought, extreme flooding and extreme heat. But isn’t that everywhere, to some extent?
The carefree days of frolicking outside have been revoked throughout the country’s midsection as horrid heat descends from the Northern Rockies through the Deep South. Arizona turns ovenlike in a typical summer, but this one is so hot that a high school football camp had to move its activities indoors.
This year shows that chaos wreaked by climate change is upon us for sure. We’ve seen evidence of it in freaky weather for several years now, but the summer of 2021 has clenched it. The disruptions are here to stay.
In Florida, there’s some debate over the role warming temperatures may have played in the shocking collapse of the condo building in Surfside. What’s not up for debate, however, is that rising sea levels are endangering beachfront structures. The really bad news is that in 30 short years, much of Miami could be underwater, not that real estate developers seem to have noticed.