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Ten U.S. states experienced their hottest summer yet

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) most recent State of the Climate Report, released on September 8, claims that the summer of 2010 was the fourth hottest summer on record for the United States.

The NOAA has been conducting the State of the Climate Report since 1895, taking factors into account such as storm patterns, precipitation and temperature. Results are compiled at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. 

Of the lower 48 states, only seven had normal temperatures through the months of June, July and August. 10 were classified as "above normal," 29 were "much above normal," and two were "below normal."

For the summer of 2010, 10 states experienced their warmest summer ever. These states were Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island. The Southeast had their warmest summer ever while the Northeast had their fourth warmest and the Central states had their third warmest. 

The above normal warmth occurred mostly on the eastern side of the country, setting temperature records in cities like Asheville, NC, Tallahassee, FL, Wilmington, DE, Tenton, NJ, Philadelphia and New York City. 

Precipitation trends were off as well. For the first five months of the year, the Upper Midwest received no rainfall. When the summer months hit, heavy rainfall swarmed the area. States like Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan had their wettest summer in the top 10 this year, while Wisconsin experienced their wettest yet with 6.91 inches of rainfall above average. On the other hand, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast experienced below average levels of precipitation due to a lack of tropical weather activity and a high pressure system.

As far as weather goes, Minnesota is set to break its record of 74 tornado's from 2001 while wildfires have settled down in the Western states due to milder weather. 

The NOAA's State of the Climate Report for August can be seen here

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By ppardee on 9/15/2010 3:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
This is merely trivia. The fact that this is the 4th hottest summer in the US says nothing about the history or state of the world climate. Since it isn't OUR climate alone that is important. It is hotter in some parts of the world than others. Thats the way it works.

And, since this is the 4th hottest summer, logic would say that we are NOT in a run-away warming trend. If we were, this would be the hottest summer on record. If the hottest summer were last year, we are now cooling. The statement that "Climate Change" is any extreme or abnormal weather pattern means that Al and Pals can claim theoretical victory any time the weather is not what we want it to be.

More importantly, temperature increase != energy increase and energy increase != temperature increase. If you put a thermometer in a glass of water on a hot day, then add ice to the water, the temperature will drop even though the energy content (after the ice has been added) will continue to increase. After the water has cooled to a fairly stable temperature, the ice will continue to melt and the energy in the glass will increase and the temp will remain fairly stable. After the ice has totally melted, the temperature of the water will rise fairly rapidly. This spike in temperature doesn't mean that there has been a huge increase in the input energy. The same amount of energy (actually, exponentially less, IIRC) will be absorbed into the glass as had been when it had ice and had a stable temperature.

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