Another Hot Summer

September 21, 2011

It’s official:  2011 is the second hottest summer on record (for the Washington, D.C. area at any rate).

According to The Washington Post, Summer 2011 trails only Summer 2010 in the record books for heat.  Embedded in this data is the fact that July 2011, at 61.43 degrees Farenheit,  was the seventh hottest July for the combined global land and ocean average surface temperature.  This reflects a rise of 1.03 degrees Farenheit above the 20th century average as reported by the National Climatic Data Center.  The Washington Post reported that July 2011 was THE hottest on record in Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. data is included here specifically as politicians queuing up for a run at the Presidency debate the science behind climate change and the human culpability for such change.  In addition to rising temperatures, the droughts, wildfires, floods, and catastrophic weather patterns experienced by many around the world would appear to provide ample evidence of the consequences of human behaviour as summarized by The Union of Concerned Scientists.


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