A Fronteras Desk Series:
July 2012 is the hottest month on record for the contiguous United States. Fronteras Desk will explore the real world impacts of climate change - ranging from rising food prices to the psychological effects. Plus we encourage you to explore this page for more information and interactive features. (Above: A NOAA illustration of the heat wave showing big temperature swings in the Southwest.)
Or, "Why yes, it IS hot enough for me!"
Record summer temperatures are punishing much of the U.S., and right now it seems like the weather is all anyone's talking about. We look at this constant topic of conversation -- and how it might actually help us cope.
Imperial County's water is being sold to thirsty Los Angeles and San Diego, raising fears that fallowed land is worsening an already bad asthma problem there.