Friday, August 10, 2012

How Hot Was It? In Virginia, the Very Hottest

As you're probably well aware, Virginia's July was its hotest on record and it was also the hotest in a country that was sizzling with records. Virginia's July was a whopping four degrees higher than normal. A degree increase is hot stuff, but four is misery.

A few other points from a story in the Washington Post:

  • The past 12 months are the warmest on record in the U.S. That's 118 years of records. (Washington was the only state that wasn't hotter.)
  • Each of the last four 12-month periods set a record for high temperature.
  • The average U.S. temperature is up 3.3 degrees.
  • Drought, our worst since 1956, covers 63 percent of the lower 48 states (meaning much heat, little moisture, no rain).
  • There have 10 times as many record high temperatures as record lows this year.
  • June was the fourth warmest on record globally (July numbers are not available yet) and the 328th consecutive month of above average temperatures.
  • Global warming is a myth, perpetuated by environmental wack-o types.

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