By JR on Friday, September 09, 2011
Those pesky 1930s, when industrial activity was at a minimum (remember the great Depression?), spoil the story again
The USA just endured its hottest summer in 75 years and the second-hottest summer on record, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.
The average U.S. temperature during the summer of 2011 was 74.5 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above the long-term (1901-2000) average. Only the Dust Bowl year of 1936, at 74.6 degrees, was warmer.
Texas also suffered through its driest summer on record. The state is in the midst of its worst drought since the 1950s.
[So what was happening in the 1950s? They didn't have SUVs then and power usage was a fraction of what it is now]
On the flip side, two states — Oregon and Washington — had a cooler than average summer, while California had its wettest summer on record. [So the anomalies weren't even national, let alone global]
U.S. climate data go back to 1895. The climate center defines summer as June 1-Aug. 31. It will release global temperature data for the summer of 2011 next week.