08 Aug '12, 4pm

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic US Having Hottest Year on Record

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic US Having Hottest Year on Record

Perhaps this year's abnormally warm weather is obvious to TreeHugger readers residing in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, but there are some new stats backing up that feeling. Huffington Post reports that the January through July period this year in New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia has had an average temperature of 49.9°F, the warmest since records began in 1895. That's 0.5°F warmer than the average temperature in 1921, now the second-warmest year on record for the region. Though the piece quotes Kathy Vreeland of the Northeast Regional Climate Center making the usual caveat regarding the connection between climate change and this record-breaking warmth—that it could be climate change, or just an anomalous series of years—recently published research and comment from esteemed climatologist James Hansen leans towards...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/northeast-mid-at...

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