08 Jul '11, 6pm

Scary maps of the new #climate normal

Scary maps of the new #climate normal

On average, the contiguous U.S. experienced the lowest temperatures on January nights and the highest temperatures on July days. Both January minimum temperatures and July maximum temperatures changed in the past three decades -- though not equally. Parts of the Great Plains, the Mississippi Valley, and the Northeast experienced slightly cooler July maximums from 1981-2010 compared to 1971-2000 (top map). Far more striking are the January minimums (bottom map). Nighttime January temps were higher everywhere except the Southeast. Warmer nights were most pronounced in the northern plains and northern Rocky Mountains. In some places the new normal is several degrees warmer than the old normal.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-07-08-scary-maps...

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