"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

107 F

I was at a remarkable citywide organizational meeting of various environmental groups today. The "Al Gore curse" didn't apply, in that it did not snow.

107 F. Nearly 42 C. That's the official high at Austin TX today. Unquestionably the hottest day of my life, and it's only June. Not only a local daily record, but only one degree shy of the local monthly record. More to the point we've been over 100 most days for two weeks now, and I expect we are in contention for hottest June.

Now, since Climate Depot linked to my mention of a severe cold anomaly in Canada, they will also take note of me noting the extreme heat in Texas this week, right?

Update: See also here and here.

June 24, 2009 was the hottest day ever recorded in New Orleans.

Update 6/29: Today's 100° day in Houston ties the longest string of 100-plus degree days in recorded history at seven (1902).

At this moment it is 104
° F in Austin. The lowest high temperature since June 9 is 97° F (on the 9th and 12th) and we have failed to hit 100° F on only one of the 17 days starting June 13. Thus today we surpassed the previous record of 15 100-degree days in June.


Michael Tobis said...


David B. Benson said...

I predict longer periods of hot weather in TX starting in about four summers from now.

Much longer.