WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis by a top government scientist says the extreme heat and drought seen in the U.S., Europe and other regions in recent years must be global warming. Specifically the study by NASA scientist James Hansen blames climate change for last year's drought in Texas and Oklahoma, the 2010 record heat wave in Russia and the 2003 European heat wave that led to tens of thousands of deaths.
Hansen told The Associated Press in an interview that the world is now experiencing scientific fact.
Here is the very latest on the wild fires in Oklahoma:
We are under a Red Flag Fire WARNING. That means wildfires are wide spread and are causing damage to homes and structures. The WARNING includes the Tulsa County and all of the Public Radio Tulsa listening area. Communities are being evacuated because of the fires.
A thick layer of smoke hangs over Tulsa. At times ash has been falling from the sky in Tulsa, resembling snow flurries.
Emergency management officials have ordered evacuations of homes in several areas as wildfires burn across the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record temperature has been set again in Oklahoma.
According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 112 degrees in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Thursday afternoon.
For Oklahoma City, the high temperature broke a record of 110 degrees set in 1980. The 112-degree reading equaled Wednesday's daytime high and is one degree cooler than Oklahoma City's all-time high of 113.
In Tulsa, the daytime high tied a record that was set in 2011.
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Officials had to close part of a bridge in Guthrie after it buckled because of the extreme heat.
Department of Transportation officials shut down Oklahoma Highway 33 near downtown Guthrie Wednesday night and is expected to remain closed Friday afternoon.
Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier told The Oklahoman two panels expanded at the joint, pushed against each other and came up a few inches on the roadway. She says extreme heat causes older bridges and older pavement to buckle.