The USA just endured its hottest summer in 75 years and the second-hottest summer on record, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.
The average U.S. temperature during the summer of 2011 was 74.5 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above the long-term (1901-2000) average. Only the Dust Bowl year of 1936, at 74.6 degrees, was warmer.
Four states — Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana — had their warmest summer ever recorded, the climate center also reported.
Average temperatures for the summer in Texas and Oklahoma, at 86.8 degrees and 86.5 degrees, respectively, exceeded the previous statewide average temperature record for any state during any season.
Texas also suffered through its driest summer on record. The state is in the midst of its worst drought since the 1950s. More than 81% of the state is listed as experiencing extreme drought, the worst category, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor.
The drought monitor also reported that a third of the contiguous USA is currently in a drought.
A total of 15 states in the South and East sweltered through one of their top 10 warmest summers on record.
” Based on a government index using residential energy demand as an indicator of temperature, “the contiguous U.S. temperature-related energy demand was 22.3% above average during summer,” the climate center noted in an online report. “This is the largest such value during the index’s period of record, which dates to 1895.”
On the flip side, two states — Oregon and Washington — had a cooler than average summer, while California had its wettest summer on record.
U.S. climate data go back to 1895. The climate center defines summer as June 1-Aug. 31. It will release global temperature data for the summer of 2011 next week.(1)
And across the pond (‘ello Bob)
UK summer the coolest for 18 years
Met Office says average temperature was 13.6C, the lowest since 1993, with forecasts for a wetter and colder September than usual
Hopes of a sunny summer to offset the UK’s economic misery have been dashed by confirmation that the holiday season has been the country’s coolest for 18 years.
Chill and damp on a scale not seen since 1993 may also break further doleful records if Met Office forecasts are right in predicting a wetter and colder September than usual.
The letdown follows delightful false starts in April and June, which raised hopes that belt-tightening breaks in the countryside or on the coast might be blessed by the sort of weather more usually found in Spain or southern France. The nearest any part of the country came to that, in the event, was the sunniest July on record in Northern Ireland and an unusually dry spell across the Midlands in England and East Anglia.
The average temperature for the summer so far has been 13.6C (57F), which needs very little further gloom to take it below the previous low of 13.4C in 1993. Last year’s summer was wetter but just above 1C warmer, although there has not been a “good” holiday season even by the UK’s modest standards for five years.
The Met Office used the most familiar term in British forecasting by summing up the pattern as changeable, a word which recurs in predictions up to the end of September.
A spokeswoman said: “Sunshine in August has been about three-quarters of what you would normally expect. We have had some very hot spells, such as back in June when temperatures reached 33C. But equally we have seen much cooler and wetter spells. It has been a changeable summer.”(2) Update, after a cold summer, the UK has a fall heatwave…(3)
Well, a very warm summer for the USA and chilly for the UK. We know Al Gore is becoming a billionaire off exploiting global warming carbon credits. Maybe we need a calm, sincere voice to lead us to a better path. Like the future King of England, ladies and gentlemen, Prince Charles! My fellow humans, I want to warn you today about the coming sixth extinction! (4) Sorry, my words there, not Charlies. But he is warning about a sixth extinction. Is this a royal prince more heavily medicated than Michael Jackson? If you believe in science, don’t just repete what they say on the telly. The earth has been warmer in the past than it is today, such as Roman times. And mass extinction of species did not occur. Just the opposite, it was a time when life thrived! (we could even argue that the polar bears did not become extinct back then since they are still around eating the occasional COKEtm drinking liberal tourist)
So what is the science on AGW? Computer models! I remember one of the first things I was taught in a computer class, garbage in, garbage out. Computers do not think, they just do what a human tells them to do, humans are supposed to provide the guidance. And there is where the problem is, humans frequently have bias. Science is supposed to nullify that tendency by testing as hard to disprove a theory as they do to prove it, but when politics, grants and money get mixed in, it makes me respect a hooker. At least she’s honest about what she will do for how much pay.
I admit, I only have a layman’s knowledge of science. But that doesn’t invalidate my right to an opinion. Show me where I am wrong and I will admit it. I do not think WTC7 was brought down by thermite explosives. I cannot prove my belief, nor do I wish to spend hours justifying my stance. I simply THINK the event was of a scale modern science has not yet dealt with, sorry Flagster, you have yet to convince me on your view of 9/11. BUT on AGW, damned if you didn’t nail it! full credit, Black Flag gave this answer months or years ago when global warming was brought up, that cosmic radiation influences cloud formations, which causes cooling. (5) The sun’s activity affects how much cosmic rays reach earth, solar flares create strong magnetic fields which shield us from the cosmic rays, making it hotter.
weak sun=strong cosmic ray bombardment=massive cloud formations=cooler earth
strong sun=weak cosmic ray influence=fewer clouds=warmer earth
My earlier personal understanding was limited to the sun and it’s actions with emphasis on the sun’s “weather”, being sun spots/solar storms, that have proven links to earths weather. Black Flag knew about a theory that totally explains global warming/global cooling before it was ever verified by experiment, but now it has been confirmed. It’s also interesting to note, the cloud experiment was kept from being researched for years by AGW influences. Seems some only want to allow “science” that meets their agenda.
Agenda, agenda…. Should I be using that word? By doing so, I am not just judging their actions, but their also the reasons for the actions they take as well. Is it “fair” for me to accuse groups of having an agenda? You judge!
In response to a report that could lead to questions about the credibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling for hearings to investigate. The report — from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the EPA — reveals that the scientific basis, on which the administration’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases hinged, violated the EPA’s own peer review procedure.
In a report released Wednesday (at the request of Inhofe, dating back to April) the inspector general found that the EPA failed to follow the Data Quality Act and its own peer review process when it issued the determination that greenhouse gases cause harm to “pubic health and welfare.”
“I appreciate the inspector general conducting a thorough investigation into the Obama-EPA’s handling of the endangerment finding for greenhouse gases,” Inhofe said. “This report confirms that the endangerment finding, the very foundation of President Obama’s job-destroying regulatory agenda, was rushed, biased, and flawed. It calls the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process into question and undermines the credibility of the endangerment finding.”
Inhofe lambasted the EPA for its failure to adhere to its own rules, outsourcing the science to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — and refusing to conduct its own analysis of the science — in the period leading up to its final endangerment finding.
“The endangerment finding is no small matter: Global warming regulations imposed by the Obama-EPA under the Clean Air Act will cost American consumers $300 to $400 billion a year, significantly raise energy prices, and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs. This is not to mention the ‘absurd result’ that EPA will need to hire 230,000 additional employees and spend an additional $21 billion to implement its [green house gas] regime. And all of this economic pain is for nothing: As EPA Administrator [Lisa] Jackson also admitted before the Environmental and Public Works] committee, these regulations will have no affect on the climate.”
According to Inhofe, Jackson has failed in her 2009 vow to commit the Agency to high transparency standards. The senator will instruct the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to hold hearings to investigate the EPA’s failings.
“Given what has come to light in this report, it appears that Obama-EPA cannot be trusted on the most consequential decision the agency has ever made,” Inhofe added.“I am calling for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the committee of jurisdiction over the EPA, to hold immediate hearings to address EPA’s failure to provide the required documentation and have the science impartially reviewed. EPA needs to explain to the American people why it blatantly circumvented its own procedures to make what appears to be a predetermined endangerment finding.”
The inspector general’s full report can be viewed here.(6)