Nebraska sits in sun while West burns

NORFOLK -- "This actually seems kind of mild to me. Back in the 1960's we didn't know what air conditioning was we just jumped in the river," said Jim Casey, a Norfolk resident. 

Despite triple-digit heat, northeast Nebraska residents seem to be embracing the weather. Norfolk survived Wednesday fairly unscathed. Fire officials told NCN they went hours with any calls related to the heat.

"I have a jacket on, it's 97 degrees out," said Laurie Liesenmeinger of Humphrey with her husband Randy. "We've been married 47 years and he loves the cold, but I love the heat." 

Even if they're excited about the weather today, residents said they're worried about what it could mean for storms in the future.

"I'm a little worried because the storms seem worse than when I was a kid [...] I don't know if it's global warming but it seems more destructive even in just the last ten years," said Carol Konsel of Howells.

Officials report climate change has played a role in the flash floods and fast-moving wildfires out west. The governors of California and Nevada spent the day surveying the damage left by one of several massive wildfires. Recent rain helped to fight the flames, but it's not enough to stop some regions from drying up. In Utah, water levels in the Great Salt Lake are hitting new record lows. 

"Every year gets more and more intense. It just shows you the effect that global warming is having on our environment. We need to do more, we need the federal government's help in terms of doing more," Gov. Steve Sisolak of Nevada said.

Back in Norfolk, a chance for some rain at the end of the week may provide some relief as drought conditions continue to worsen.