Recently, Hansen et al.  discussed climate change in terms of what might be noticeable to residents of cities such as Washington, D.C., and Tokyo. Washington is particularly important because of possible influences on the decision-making system centered there. Globally, the decade of the 1980s was the warmest on record, with 5 of the warmest years ever recorded (given in descending order by the Climate Institute as 1988, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1981). This forum piece focuses on record daily temperatures, an item not previously considered [Doe, 1990]; however, more conventional topics also will be discussed.