Fireworks banned across the West because of drought

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    As fossil fuel pollution heats the planet, one of the casualties is the traditional celebration of the founding of the United States. The record droughts, floods, and storms fueled by global warming are causing widespread bans on fireworks and the cancellation of numerous municipal firework displays, even a celebration for our soldiers in Oklahoma:

    There will be no fireworks this year exploding over Fort Sill in Lawton. The U.S. Army base’s Independence Day celebration and concert will go on as planned Saturday, but its fireworks have been canceled. A fire that started on a base firing range last week burned across 5,500 acres before it was contained. Thirteen homes were destroyed and 1,500 people had to be evacuated.

    Firework shows from Texas to Massachusetts have been canceled because of the deadly climate conditions:

    In Oklahoma, 36 counties suffering from extreme to exceptional drought have issued burn bans, which include a prohibition on fireworks except for public displays.

    In Kansas, fireworks have been banned in Dodge City and surrounding rural areas due to the extreme drought.

    In Louisiana, fireworks have been banned in Shreveport and neighboring Bossier because of extreme heat and drought.

    In Texas, 170 counties have fireworks bans, including all of metropolitan Houston. Nearly all of Texas has burn bans as well. Because of the extreme drought, Fourth of July fireworks displays have been canceled in Texas towns large and small: San Antonio, Austin, Amarillo, Lubbock, Plainview, Magnolia, Tomball, DeSoto, Woodlands, Roman Forest, and Patton Village.

    In Arizona, authorities have banned fireworks from Flagstaff in the north to Tucson, Douglas and Sierra Vista in the south.

    In New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM) has said that there is “absolutely no reason to buy, sell or use personal fireworks.” She has declared a “state of emergency in New Mexico regarding the use of fireworks.” Albertson’s, WalMart, and Smith’s stores have stopped selling fireworks in the state. Taos, with wildfires raging nearby, has canceled its fireworks display.

    Global Warming Hates The Fourth Of July | ThinkProgress
     
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    Fossil fuel pollution?

    LOLOLOL

    That's hysterical!

    Did you make that up yourself?
     
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    SAN ANGELO, Texas — You weren't just imagining that June was an exceptionally hot month.

    The National Weather Service announced today that an average temperature of 88.6 degrees made June the hottest month on record. The previous record was 88.2 degrees set in August 1952.

    The average monthly temperature is calculated from the average daily temperatures of each day, which are determined by averaging each days high and low temperatures, said meteorologist Patrick McCullough of the National Weather Service office in San Angelo.

    The March through May period this year was also the hottest spring on record, with an average temperature over the three-month period of 71.9 degrees, breaking the record of 71.5 degrees set in 2001.

    June was the 15th consecutive month with above-average temperatures.

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    Albuquerque hasn't canceled theirs, and there are still plenty of places to buy them despite the Albertson's/Smith's/Walmart capitulation.
     
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    No fireworks, global warming to blame.
     
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    Northern California has seen record rainfall and the ski resorts are open for the 4th of July weekend.

    When was the last time that happened?

    By the way, those states and counties have banned fireworks for years. Why is it suddenly the fault of global warming that people cannot use fireworks?
     
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    ALBANY, GA - The first day of July is continuing last month's weather trend.

    It was the hottest June on record in Albany.

    The lowest high temperature we had last month was 92, and we topped 100-degrees 11-days. The pool at the Albany's Boys and Girls Club sure has been busy as kids try to beat the heat. They've seen around 400 kids a day. It got so crowded, they had to start scheduling groups who want to use the pool.

    "They're coming from the Sheriff's program, they're coming from the City Recreation, they're coming from daycares, dance students, it has gotten so now where coach king has to schedule different groups different times during the week to come," said Jason Belk, Boys & Girls Club Service Director.

    June's temperatures break a monthly record - Live, Local, Late Breaking news, weather, and sports
     
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    Record highs in summer...wow, just wow. How the fuck does that happen?
     
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    Like my general view of man made global warming, I am somewhat on the conservative side in this case. While I believe in the effects of greenhouse gasses warming the planet I do not get that excited about individual high or low temps.

    After all, if anything messes up the gulf stream England will probably cool down lol.
     
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