Cities along the Gulf of Mexico experienced unusually warm winters - Galveston, Texas, broke 61 records.
The reason, according to the Washington Post, was hot water: Surface temperatures in the gulf never fell below 73 degrees all winter for the first time since records have been kept.
Houston also broke heat records for the season. Baton Rouge had its warmest February ever.
The warm gulf waters also will mean stronger and more frequent hurricanes and tornadoes, the Post said.
The gulf provides recreation, food, energy and deep mystical bonds of family and place. We answer with abuse. Agricultural runoff causes a "dead zone" every year. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused massive devastation.
Ocean warming is also killing the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coast. Not too far in the future, Houston, Galveston, Mobile, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, already brutally hot in the summer, will be unlivable.