Arizona Temps So High, Cacti Are Dying
It’s very obvious that this summers weather has been horrible all over the country…especially in Arizona! All across the country, states have reached extremely record high heat temperatures. Arizona alone broke records for their extreme weather.
How Hot Was It In Arizona
Arizona had record-high temps this summer so far. They went sixteen days with temps above 90 degrees and upwards of 110 degrees! They’re expected to continue this streak for several more days. As of Thursday of last week, they on their 28th consecutive day of excessive heat. And the heat isn’t just during the day times, it’s high at night too. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean the heat is gone. The heat sticks around all night, just several degrees cooler.
How Does The Heat Affect The Cacti?
Arizona’s Desert Botanical Garden knows how many Saguaro cactuses they have. They inspect each one very closely for it’s condition in the weather. Chief Science Officer, Kimberlie McCue from the Desert Botanical Garden told CNN, the Saguaro cacti may look like they’re ok, but really they’re dying from the inside out. Lookers will think the cacti is ok when really it’s not. The cactus will get squishy, then collapse suddenly, showing the inside of the cactus. They’re usually rotted out, which means they’ve been in heat too long. The cactus at night open up their pores, release a gas, and take in carbon dioxide. This helps the cactus photosynthesize during the day. But since the heat carries into the night, it’s doing this process and the heat is suffocating the cacti. Basically dehydrating them from the inside out. It also makes them susceptible to infections and insects in the desert.
We have more on the dying cacti and others in today’s edition of a Few Things You Should Know!