120 degree norms for Las Vegas? Climate change predictions lining up
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Climate change is credited with incredible and destructive weather, and in Southern Nevada it is credited with ever-increasing temperatures.
“The wind is a bigger problem than the heat,” says Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.
“The wind enhances the fire. It will spread it and make it more intense,” he says.
Three years ago, News 3 reported on a prediction that a warming climate will cause an increase in temperatures in our region of 2 degrees in 16 years. The same study suggested an increase in temperature by 4 degrees in 46 years, and 7 degrees in 66 years.
The result, if the projections hold true, would be a summertime high of 120 degrees or more in Las Vegas.
Firefighters already attribute climate change to more devastating wildfires. So far this year, 3.5 million acres have burned — mostly on the West Coast.
That’s about the same acreage burned by wildfires in all of the 1980s, according to the U.S. Forest Service.