I have this nifty digital thermometer that shows the temperature both outside and inside. The inside monitor sits in my kitchen, always the hottest room in the house; the outside one lives on my potting bench, which is always shady and probably the coolest spot in the yard. When I got home from work today a little after noon, it was about 90 degrees in the kitchen -- yuck -- and 98.7 degrees at the potting bench. I decided to conduct a little experiment and moved the outside monitor to the edge of one of my wooden planter boxes, which sits in direct sunlight right in the middle of the backyard. Within seconds the temperature started climbing: 103 degrees, 107, 112... When it got to 124.7 degrees I started to worry that the monitor might break so I moved it back into the shade by the back door. We're now back to a relatively "cool" 109 degrees.
This is not normal. This is global warming, Messrs Bush and Cheney.