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The Los Angeles International Airport is Getting Hot and the Heat is Rising

The Los Angeles International Airport is Getting Hot and the Heat is Rising

Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California, breaking records for the fourth consecutive day. By early in this week, as I write this, the mercury here is already a whopping 81 degrees! This heat wave is not about to end.

The most recent record-breaking temperature was set this past weekend over the Los Angeles International Airport, as temperatures soared to 117 degrees, breaking their previous hottest September record. The previous highest temperature record in the history of the Los Angeles International Airport was 114 degrees, set in 1924.

The heat wave was caused by a potent El Niño in the Pacific Ocean, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). This year, the El Niño is off to a pretty good start as the surface temperature of the ocean is currently 15 degrees above normal.

A little blip, one at a time, but each one is significant nonetheless. The first blip would be related to the El Niño, which has been on an upward swing as the surface of the Pacific Ocean (not to be confused with the sea of air above it) is cooling. This is a clear sign that this El Niño is becoming a genuine one.

The second blip would be related to the La Niña and its effects on the Atlantic Ocean, which are currently at a level that would qualify as a neutral or weak La Niña. The surface temperature of the ocean in that region is currently 2 degrees below normal.

The third blip would be related to global warming. For example, the Pacific Ocean, which is the world’s largest, is currently warming by about 2 degrees centigrade each decade.

The fourth and final blip would be related to anthropogenic pollution. We have gone too far down the pollution rat race. It is time to pull up stakes, turn the heat down a notch, and get off the road for awhile.

In other words, it’s getting hot and the heat is rising and we all need to take heed of the warnings of that saying: “In the desert, in heat, there is no place like home.”

A few weeks ago, I was doing a little research on the history of the Los Angeles International Airport and found a report by the U.S. Air Force in 1942 that said that Los Angeles International Airport was about to break its all-time high-temperature record

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