The government reported Friday that the average temperature for the
48 contiguous United States from January through June was 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit,
or 3.4 degrees above average for the 20th century.
fires are ripping through California, people
are dying from the heat in Japan and in Pakistan
national parks are in grave danger but it’s OK because in 100-200
will be trees and bushes on Antarctica.
Oh, and what are the G8 leaders doing about it? Nada.
[Posted By Szamko]
Republished from Chicago
Across the U.S.A. the heat is on
The first half of the year was the warmest on record for the United States.
The government reported Friday that the average temperature for the 48 contiguous
United States from January through June was 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 3.4
degrees above average for the 20th century.
That made it the warmest such period since recordkeeping began in 1895, the
National Climatic Data Center reported.
No state was cooler than average and five states—Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas,
Nebraska, and Missouri—experienced record warmth for the period.
While much of the Northeast experienced extreme rainfall and flooding at the
end of June many other areas continued below normal rain and snowfall.
As of June, 45 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate-to-extreme drought,
an increase of 6 percent from May.
Dry conditions spawned more than 50,000 wildfires, burning more than 3 million
acres in the continental U.S., according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Worldwide, it was the sixth warmest year-to-date since record keeping began