30 Jun '11, 6pm

An Uptick in U.S. Temperatures

Baseline temperature averages issued by government scientists this week indicate that temperatures across the United States were half a degree warmer on average from 1981 to 2010 than they were from 1971 to 2000. Every state’s annual maximum and minimum temperatures increased on average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Center said. The 30-year averages, known as normals, are used to gain an understanding of how current climate conditions compare with those in recent history. Utilities use them to project energy consumption, and agribusinesses rely on them to assess crop yields and compare them with those in the recent past. The normals are updated every 10 years. In another report released by the administration this week, a major global survey titled “State of the Climate in 2010,” the National Climatic Data Center said that 2010 tie...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/an-uptick-in-u-...

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