The Washington Post considers the heat wave and derecho thunderstorm that hit the Washington, D.C. area on Friday and wonders what role “manmade climate warming” might have played.

“As the intensity of the heat wave, without reservation, was a key factor in the destructiveness of this derecho event – it raises the question about the possible role of manmade climate warming (from elevated greenhouse concentrations),” the Post writes (emphasis added). “It’s a complicated, controversial question, but one that scientists will surely grapple with in case studies of this rare, extraordinary event.”

The Post does not provide evidence for its assertion, but the paper does detail the weather conditions: