The fact that our average daily temperature for the year has risen 7 degrees to 89 does not reflect the reality of the 117 F daily record breaking heat with the record breaking night time lows of 85 F.
In addition we are are at least 10-inches below normal rainfall for the year.
Friends who live in the country report baby birds, rabbits and other animals who are succumbing to the heat and lack of food and water.
This sad view of one flower bed usually filled with nectar for butterflies is but one example of the consequences.
Even the Perilla can't plump up with the sprinklers showering its leaves.
We love our spicebush butterflies and deep water the Spicebush for their sake. Most butterflies are avoiding our part of the world this year but we have had a few babies born.
Climate Central dot org has the grim prediction that this will continue for months and will happen quite a bit more often in the future.