That Was the Hottest Summer Ever!

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This past April, we reported on NOAA climate data that showed that the winter we had just experienced was the warmest winter on record in the continental United States, and that the twelve months prior to the data being released (April 2011 – March 2012) had been the warmest on record as well. In what is perhaps an unlikely progression of this same story, the newest climate data just released features confirmation of even more record-breaking heat.
Specifically, the new data shows that we’ve just experienced the hottest American summer on the books in the 117 year history of U.S. climate data, and also (building on the previous twelve month record) that the past fifteen months have seen above-average temperatures for each month. Jake Crouch of the US National Climatic Data Center, speaking to Reuters, said that “We’re now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.”

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  2. […] effects of climate change and could see very real effects in the next hundred years. Last year was the hottest year on record. Lettuce requires a temperate climate to grow, but with spiking temperatures, lettuce has no choice […]

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  3. […] the exception of 2012, aka the hottest year ever on record, the last fifteen years have been more or less stable when it comes to climate. Of course, average […]

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