Denial of facts. Ignoring experts. Cherry-picking data to fit an agenda. COVID-19 or climate change? Yes.

According to NOAA, average annual weather/climate damage in the U.S. has quadrupled since the 1980s. A new paper at the American Association for the Advancement of Science says heat waves are occurring three times more often than they did in the 1960s. Summer nights have warmed at nearly twice the rate as summer days, and an estimated 80% of monthly heat records are due to human-caused climate change. July is the hottest month of the year — and we are turbocharging the heat.

Expect an afternoon heat index close to 100F in the metro later today; temperatures will peak in the mid-90s with severe storms later. While much of the South and West broils, a series of weak cool fronts will provide some relief for Minnesota. Expect mid-80s and a welcome dip in humidity this weekend. Thank you, Canada.

Rainfall has been fickle, with floods for some but pockets of moderate drought Up North. Let it rain.