Unlike the rest of the word, here in the Show-Me State we are inclined to ask questions before voluntarily abandoning our cars, surrendering our farms and wrecking our economy.
Question 1: Is our world really growing warmer? If so, show us the data, the real data, not the computer projections, not the CO2 index, not the tales of heat spells in Sri Lanka or Shangri-La, but the data that matters, the temperatures close to home that we can verify.
Here is what we know. In the past 10 years, Kansas City has not had a day that exceeded 100 degrees. This summer, a warm one, we had three days that reached 100 degrees, but with an average high of 90 in July and 89 in August, 100 is not an aberration.
In seven of the eight previous years, the temperature never even reached 100. In 2020, the recorded high was 94. In the 100 years previous, only one year had a lower high temperature, and that was 93 in 1992.
To understand what heat can be like in Kansas City, it pays to revisit the 1930s. The hottest day in Kansas City history was Aug. 14, 1936. That day the temperature reached 113 degrees, and the locals barely noticed.
Aug. 14 fell in the midst of a 16-day streak of 100-plus days in a summer that produced a literally staggering 53 days in excess of 100 degrees. At the time, according to the local newspapers, the doctors’ “cardinal rule on combating the heat [was] to forget it, remain detached.” more here