Climate change, what I think.
"The Earth has natural heating/cooling cycles. This is a normal heating cycle. In Missouri, this is one of the coolest summers we have had for years. Also one of the driest.
It was very hot here in the 1930s, the 1950s, the 1980s and 2008-2012. In between were years of very cool weather. About every 10 years almost exactly, we have floods.
The hot spells have not been any hotter than the older hot spells. The cool spells are not any colder than the older ones.
If you look back on the droughts out west, they have run in cycles. And they are trying to graze more and more livestock on the same acreage. So there is more loss.
Also the reason the fires get more press is because more people have built in the natural fire zones. Those areas naturally burn off every so many years in a cycle.
Just like there is more press about floods because more people are building in natural flood zones."
AKA....Rusty, Floorist, etc.