If you, like us, are wondering when fall is going to get its ass in gear—in other words, when we’re finally going to get a break from this stifling heat and suffocating humidity—you’re not alone. Across the globe, this September was the hottest September in at least four decades, and, more alarmingly, the only one of the twenty hottest months on record to not take place during an El Niño. (It was also the most active month on record for North Atlantic hurricanes.)
This is, of course, just happenstance, as we all know global warming is a fraud cooked up by the Chinese and the Illuminati or whatever. After all, why else would President Trump be ditching the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, as the administration announced Monday?
But we digress. In early September, you might recall, there was a cool snap in the Triangle, with highs going as low as 67 on September 12. But the latter part of this month—since right around the time autumn officially got started, on September 22—has consistently seen highs five or ten degrees above average, sometimes more. How much of this heat wave is just weather being weather, and how much of it should be attributed to climate change, is beyond our ken—though it makes sense that, as the globe warms, we’ll see more of this unseasonable unpleasantness in the future.
Here are the daily high temperatures from September 17 (the Sunday of the week that summer turned to fall) to Monday, October 9.