A news release was issued last Thursday that I flat out missed, which was unfortunate (though I’m glad I eventually found out about it). A study (submitted to Geophysical Research Letters for publication) was conducted by climate scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, Climate Central in Princeton, NJ, the Weather Channel, and the National Climate Data Center in Asheville, NC. They examined trends in record high temperatures and record low temperatures over the past 6 decades, through 2006. What they found isn’t terribly surprising: the ratio of record highs to record lows became unbalanced in the 2000s. There were twice as many record highs as record lows across the continental United States. That’s an increase from 1.36:1 for the 1990s and 1.14:1 for the 1980s. Climate change is affecting us today. Not tomorrow, not later this century. Today.