Saturday, September 10, 2011

U.S. Endures Hottest Summer Since Dust Bowl Era

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other skeptics of climate change will have to explain away yet more evidence contrasting their disbelief.

The U.S. has experienced its hottest summer in 75 years, according to USA Today and the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. This latest summer season, with an average temperature of 74.5 degrees, has also been recorded as the second hottest ever. Only the Dust Bowl year of 1936, at 74.6 degrees, was warmer.

The middle south experienced the heat wave more than any other region, with Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico having their hottest year ever. Texas has also suffered through its driest summer since record keeping began in 1895, and the longest drought span, now by a slim margin, since the 1950s.

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