So our city schools have decided to let out early today. Why? Because the weather forecast was for 90 degrees, that's why.
What? 90 degrees? Well, it is supposed to be by 4:00 (after most schools are over). It was to be in the mid to high 80s in the afternoon. So far it's around 81 degrees. Nonetheless, schools have begun to let out.
The local media is covering this today. At one of the schools, they checked and it was in the high 70s indoors. There was no air conditioning of course. Many of the older schools, like the schools I attended (without being let out for high temperatures) are without air conditioning. I can't imagine letting kids go home because their classrooms are in the high 70s.
Nonetheless, true to form, two of the parents interviewed said this is what we'll get, more extremes, global warming and all. Except it's not even close. Assuming it gets to 90, it will still be 3 degrees from the record set for today in 1900.
But kids have been taught to buckle to sizzling 90 degree days when they're stuck in rooms at a sweltering 79 degrees. Don't overcome. Don't endure. Just quit. No classes. No after school activities. And the parents know it's because of global warming, since we've had all this before, but then it wasn't a big deal. Since it's a big deal now, it's obviously global warming.
NOTE: This was written today at lunch time. It peaked a 91 degrees. A whopping 2 degrees short of the record. And they'er going to do it again. And the local media speaks of 'heat waves' and 'global warming.' And no doubt, more parents will concede the point.