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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

It's summer, not 'climate change'


August 17, 2023

The National Weather Service predicts we will see the hottest temperatures of the summer this week. It’s even gone so far as to declare an “excessive heat warning” until 11 p.m. today.

Granted, 100 degrees is hot. But in our neck of the high-plains desert, that’s not excessive. Even if we hit 105 degrees, it’s not excessive here.

Eastern Washington has a track record of hot daytime highs in June, July and August.

The hottest day on record for most of our readership area was June 29, 2021.

State records show a sanctioned, modern-day weather station recorded a blistering temperature...

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