Temps Top 130 Degrees In Western US

A picture of the sun.

The power of the Sun is intensifying.

We go about our daily lives giving little thought to the influences of the Sun, but today, we can’t escape noticing that the Earth is getting hotter.

Death Valley, California is expected to top 130 degrees Saturday through Monday, just below the world record high of 134 recorded on July 10, 1913. Temperatures will continue to soar into the 110s and 120s next week across the Southwest.

What’s Going On?

The sun is at the peak of an active solar cycle this year, and we are feeling its intense heat more than we have in the past because human influences have drastically changed the Earth.

Excess carbon dioxide and water vapor from manmade influences, such as pollution, manufacturing, urbanization, and deforestation, have added to the sun’s global warming effect. Human beings have not caused global warming, but we have indisputably accelerated its affects.

Sunspots and Solar Flares

A picture of sunspots on the sun.

Every 11 years, the sun increases sunspots and solar flares that, in turn, heat the Earth.

Sunspots appear and disappear on the sun around the same time every 11 years. Sunspots are around 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,732 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than the rest of the Sun.  The solar corona, or outer most surface of the sun, is estimated to be about 999,727 degrees Celsius (1,799,540 degrees Fahrenheit).

Today, we are witnessing a natural warming cycle that we cannot stop. As our solar system gets warmer and the Earth’s atmosphere gets thinner, our planet gets hotter. Add man’s industrial influences, and we speed up the process.

I’m hot just thinking about it.