Rick Magee (opinion): Hot and bothered by global warming – Danbury News Times
When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in the southern San Joaquin Valley in California. Unlike most of the rest of the valley, this was not an agricultural town but an oil town, with oil pumpjacks dotting the landscape like giant mechanical grasshoppers. One of the pumps on the outskirts of town was even painted to look like a grasshopper, complete with antennae welded to the head.
The climate was arid, and I remember one extraordinarily wet year when the annual rainfall totaled 12 inches. Usually we got more like seven or eight. In the summer it was hot. Extremely hot.