(Natural News) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in support of its climate change agenda, is claiming that heat waves in the United States have gotten hotter since the 1960s. This ignores the fact that heat waves have gotten less intense since the 1930s.
The EPA released a report titled “Climate Change Indicators: Heat Waves,” which includes information supposedly proving that the frequency, duration and intensity of heat waves in America have increased since the 1960s. The so-called information also claims that the length of heat wave seasons in America has gotten longer.
The report states: “This figure shows changes in the number of heat waves per year (frequency); the average length of heat waves in days (duration); the number of days between the first and last heat wave of the year (season length); and how hot the heat waves were, compared with the local temperature threshold for defining a heat wave (intensity). These data were analyzed from 1961 to 2019 for 50 large metropolitan areas. The graphs show averages across all 50 metropolitan areas by decade.”
The report makes it clear that the EPA believes climate change is responsible for the increase in the frequency, duration and intensity of heat waves in America and that these temperatures are the hottest the country has ever experienced.
According to the report, heat waves are supposedly occurring “more often than they used to,” with the average duration of the heat waves increasing and the heat wave seasons across 50 of the largest cities in the United States being 47 days longer now than they were in the 1960s.
EPA ignores data showing 1930s heat waves were so much worse
What the EPA refused to elaborate on is one key point buried in the report that shows the heat wave seasons and the frequency, duration and intensity of heat waves have significantly decreased since the 1930s. The report even admits that the heat waves of the 1930s were the worst that America has ever experienced in its recorded history. (Related: Biden’s EPA deletes inconvenient data showing no man-made climate change.)
“Longer-term records show that heat waves in the 1930s remain the most severe in recorded U.S. history (see Figure 3),” reads the report. “The spike in Figure 3 reflects extreme, persistent heat waves in the Great Plains region during a period known as the ‘Dust Bowl.’ Poor land use practices and many years of intense drought contributed to these heat waves by depleting soil moisture and reducing the moderating effects of evaporation.”
The aforementioned Figure 3 shows the U.S. Annual Heat Wave Index, which charts the occurrence of heat wave conditions across the contiguous 48 states. It has kept track of historic temperature data in the country since 1895. The index defines a heat wave as a period lasting at least four days with a spike in temperature that is usually only expected to occur once every 10 years.
The EPA has previously attempted to make the heat wave index disappear to fearmonger regarding climate change. It has attempted to replace the index with a new index that claims that average temperatures have been going up since the 1980s and 1990s.
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