09 Sep '11, 4pm

Second-Warmest U.S. Summer Recorded in 2011, Federal Agency Says

09 Sep 2011: Second-Warmest U.S. Summer Recorded in 2011, Federal Agency Says Click to enlarge NOAA Days over 100 degrees, summer 2011 U.S. scientists say the summer of 2011 was the nation’s second-warmest on record , with an average temperature of 74.5 degrees F from June through August — about 2.4 degrees higher than long-term averages — and with four states setting new summer records. Heat conditions were particularly blistering during August, with an average temperature of 75.7 degrees F, about 3 degrees warmer than the average between 1901 and 2000, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Across the southern U.S., record temperatures and below-average precipitation combined to create destructive drought conditions, with some areas experiencing a drought of greater intensity — though not yet duration — than during the 1930s and 1950s, a...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/second-warmest_us_summer_reco...

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