Edgy Vice says what many are only thinking: Phoenix, along with other cities in southwestern Arizona, could be ghost towns by 2050.
That's because of climate change. The current extreme heat will become even hotter and hang over the cities longer.
Let's put numbers to that.
Vice's Mike Peal cities studies that the heat in Phoenix will increase 3 to 5 degrees by 2050. Currently, it's known to hit 122 degrees all too often.
Also, the number of days with heat over 100 degrees will increase from 92 to 132.
The collapse of Phoenix and cities like Tucson will represent a major economic and cultural dislocation. Check the help wanted ads and there are many high-value jobs and assignments in Phoenix.
In Tucson, the University of Arizona Law School had been the first to offer the option for applicants to take the GRE rather than the LSAT. That transformed it into a player. But, now one wonders if that particular law school will be able to continue to operate in 2050? That's only 33 years from now. Applicants for admission have to factor that possibility in.
The heat was one of the primary reasons I fled Tucson, after 27 months. The chamber-of-commerce type talk indicated it was only really hot for a few months in summer. That wasn't accurate. The heat just hung on and on.
The need for so many months of air conditioning eradicated the amount of money we were supposed to save by relocating there.
In addition, the heat made it difficult for newcomers to establish social roots. Places where you establish such roots such as community and church groups kept the air conditioning low. Those chats by the mailbox, which can be the platform for building a friendship, had to be kept short. Quickly, one party would say: I have to get back inside (which was air conditioned).
The fun of those day trips to Mexico also took a hit. Warnings were out not to drive when the heat was over 120 degrees. So many cars would be breaking down that you could die before help could come.
And for dogs, with their fur coats, it's downright brutal. Mine would only take his walk before 7 A.M. and after 11 P.M. No surprise, it was against state law to leave dogs in the car. Most retailers looked the other way when we brought the dogs in.
Now I am back where extreme heat is 92 degrees. Of course, after the AZ folly, I don't join my neighbors in complaining about the snow. Also, I no longer roll my eyes when so much of the daily television news focuses on weather. That's the story of the 21st century.
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