Earlier this month I spent a week in Austin, TX where it seemed like there were forests of green trees as far as the eye could see. They were experiencing record breaking highs around 100°F with normal humidity around 60%. The 100°F didn’t bother me much, but that humidity was a killer. When my plane landed in Las Vegas at 11:00 pm it was still 113°F with only 10% humidity.
According to Climate Central, “since the late nineteenth century, global temperatures have risen by a little more than 1.8°F (1°C) — a seemingly small number that has big consequences. The United States has warmed by a similar amount (1.3°F to 1.9°F since 1895), and most of the warming has occurred in years since the first Earth Day in 1970. That warming has not been equally distributed across the globe, or within the United States. America’s fastest-warming cities all lie in the Southwest — a hotspot for temperature increases. Las Vegas, El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix have warmed more than any other cities in the country. Each has gotten at least 4.3°F hotter since the first Earth Day.
During a recent office activity, we had a Nevada trivia challenge. I did not get very many of the answers correct but I learned some interesting things about Las Vegas and Nevada. I thought it would be fun to share my new trivia knowledge with you. Did you know…
There are only 4 cities in the world named Las Vegas.
There is more shrimp consumed in Las Vegas than anywhere else in the world!
Las Vegas Blvd has been called 5th Street, the Salt Lake Highway, and the Arrowhead Highway but never the Nevada Highway.
The first street to be paved in Las Vegas was Fremont Street in 1925.
It costs $51 an hour to keep the light on top of the Luxor shining.
In Death Valley, the Kangaroo Rat drinks ZERO ounces of liquid its entire life!
Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state.
Even though Nevada is called the Silver State, it is the leading gold producing state in the nation.
“It was February 1986; I had just moved to Southern Nevada. The first architect I met while doing landscape design on one of his projects was George Tate. This was the start of a long and successful relationship with Tate & Snyder Architects, then Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects, and now TSK Architects. In 1988 when I started my first landscape architecture company, I was part of the Tate & Snyder Architects team that designed all the high schools in Clark County for the next 20 years. Working with George, Bill, Windom and all the TSK staff over the last 35 years has been a wonderful experience. Great ideas have been shared, unique designs have been created, and many personal friendships have been fostered.” – Stan
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