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Climate insomnia & amnesia

The heat wave here in DC, nothing like the heat dome effects of the Southwest and Northwest, has actually broken. So I did not have a hot, sleepless night. Merely a sleepless one.

Still, our early and exceptional heat wave coupled with news about the western heat waves and correspondence with a friend in my childhood home turf about a heat wave in Upstate New York brought my insomniac attention to the issue of overnight temperatures.

I did a search for some news on it, and found something adjacent to where my friend was that corroborated his experience: the heat waves beyond the heat dome have been hot at night too. Which can be dangerous.

As I looked down my search results, I was jolted further awake by seeing repeated reporting on this going back over the decade:

It is overwhelming, how much time we have wasted.