Summers are getting hotter and hotter, “lengthening into spring, lingering into fall, and shrinking into winter.”

Hurricane Sandy climate change victims vote in Rockaway, NYC in November 2012. ‘Throughout Election Day, weary and chilled voters converged on the big white tent that served as the makeshift polling place at the amid the devastation in Rockaway. These citizens were on their eighth day without lighting or heating. Many, like 60-year-old Raul Romero, also had no running water.

“Our imagination as to what the impact (the heat wave) might be has been completely changed. Many of us have seen the value of a career of heat stroke and heat illness in a matter of hours. We started treating it as a multi-victim event.” Steven Mitchell, medical director of the emergency department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle

The effects of global warming on wildfires, droughts, heat and hurricanes are happening earlier and lasting longer.

Below are excerpts from the Union of Concerned Scientists’ campaign to name the period from May to October like the season of danger. Kate Yoder writes in Grist:

Summer has remained virtually the same for a millennium or more. Around the year 900, the ancient English speakers were already using the word sumor for the warmer months. Some say the word summer is likely close to the version heard 4,000 years ago when people spoke the prehistoric Indo-European language considered the ancestor of many languages ​​spoken across Europe and India today.

But summer isn’t what it used to be. The season is getting so hot that it may be time to change its name: “danger season”.

The phrase, part of a new campaign by the Union of Concerned Scientists, refers to the period from May to October marked by a drumbeat of disasters in the United States. During these months, people across the country continue to splash in swimming pools and head to the beach, but, increasingly, they are also suffering from heat waves, fleeing wildfires, breathing smoky air and lock up homes as hurricanes approach.

Excerpts below from the essentials of the Washington Post, Summer in America is getting hotter, longer and more dangerous. If you are behind a paywall, you can read the article on MSN.

Scientists say the recent wave of harsh summers is a clear change from previous generations. The average summer temperature over the past five years has been 1.7 degrees (0.94 Celsius) warmer than it was from 1971 to 2000, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But some parts of the country were much harder hit, with the West showing an increase of 2.7 degrees (1.5 Celsius).

“In recent summers, we’ve seen such a constant parade of one climate-related event after another,” said Kristina Dahl, senior climatologist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental advocacy group. “It really hits us as a point where we have to change the way we think about summer and how we approach it.”

Summer has always been a turbulent season, a time of checking weather forecasts and observing the skies. And despite the major changes that have taken place, many people are still relishing the season. Vacationers are still flocking to places that now face some degree of fire or flood risk. But climate change is increasingly pushing summer to extremes, creating inhospitable conditions and putting lives at risk.

Although these climate changes occur year-round across the country – in fact, in many areas it warms faster in other seasons – summer is often when the effects cascade. Temperatures are higher, so any increases can be felt even more strongly. And people are more likely to spend more time outdoors, exposed to the elements.

Across the country, heat waves are happening more frequently, more intensely and earlier in the year. Nights are warming at a slightly faster rate than days in most parts of the United States, according to the latest National climate rating, affecting people’s ability to cool off after hot days. A climate control unit study found that in just over half of the cities analyzed, hot days arrived at least a week earlier, on average, than they did 50 years ago. Three-quarters of locations had more “extremely hot” days.

From Climate Central:

Extremely hot days are on the rise, but the temperature threshold for extreme heat is different in the US A high of 80°F is considered sweltering heat in Fairbanks, AK, but normal average in Miami. And 100°F is common in Phoenix, but treated as a dangerous heat advisory in New York. Different locations have different temperature thresholds for defining an “extremely hot day” based on their climatology. However, with climate change, the United States is experiencing warmer days across the board.

A look at the numbers: Climate Central’s analysis looked at 246 locations in the United States and calculated how many additional days each year were extremely hot from 1970 to 2021.

  • Since 1970, 74% (184) of the 246 U.S. sites analyzed have reported more extremely hot days each year.

  • About 51% (126) of locations had at least seven additional extremely hot days per year.

  • The most significant change occurred in Austin, Texas, with an additional 43 days above 100°F.

What is the role of climate change in extremely hot days? Climate Central’s new tool, the Climate Change Index (CSI), allows us for the first time to quantify how human-induced climate change has altered daily temperature probabilities across the country. Access the tool to find the CSI values ​​for your local high and low temperatures for yesterday, today, and the next two days.

I’m out of gas. I’m exhausted, but wanted to share summaries of the increasingly hot summers in the United States. Thank you for your patience.