Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. 24/7 Space News .




WEATHER REPORT
July hottest month on record in US
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2012


July was the hottest month in the contiguous United States since record-keeping began in 1895, government scientists have said, a trend that meteorologists attribute to climate change.

The searing July heat contributed to a widening of troubling drought conditions, now affecting 63 percent of the nation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Wednesday.

The average temperature in the contiguous United States -- excluding Hawaii and Alaska -- was 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit (25.3 Celsius), 3.3 degrees higher than the average for the entire 20th century, NOAA said.

The previous hottest July on record was July 1936, when the average temperature was 77.4 degrees.

The warm temperatures in July helped make the last 12 months the hottest on record in the United States, and contributed to a record-warm first seven months of the year, according to NOAA statistics.

The extreme heat and record dryness have created conditions ripe for wildfires, with more than two million acres (800,000 hectares) consumed in July, notably in Colorado.

California meanwhile had its fifth wettest July on record, and heavy rains were also seen in Nevada and along the western Gulf coast.

Kevin Trenberth, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, told AFP he was struck by how long the extreme heat had lasted.

"The fact that we are breaking records by so much and sustained for so long indicates that global warming is playing a role," Trenberth said.

He said the El Nino and La Nina climate patterns were also to blame.

A recent analysis of the past six decades of global temperatures by a group of scientists from the US space agency NASA showed a "stunning increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers," said one of the authors, James Hansen.

Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has said human-driven climate change is to blame for a series of increasingly hot summers and the situation is already worse than was expected two decades ago.

"My projections about increasing global temperature have been proved true. But I failed to fully explore how quickly that average rise would drive an increase in extreme weather," Hansen wrote in the Washington Post last week.

Hansen said the European heat wave of 2003, the Russian heat wave of 2010 and massive droughts in Texas and Oklahoma last year can each be attributed to climate change.

.


Related Links
Weather News at TerraDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WEATHER REPORT
S. Korea heatwave kills more than 830,000 poultry
Seoul (AFP) Aug 8, 2012
South Korea's extended heatwave has taken its toll on both humans and animals, with more than 830,000 chickens or other poultry reported dead as of Wednesday. The agriculture ministry said 786,512 chickens, 40,780 ducks, 3,000 quail, 336 pigs and five cows have died since July 20, when the peak temperature began hovering above 33 Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) in most areas. The stifling heat ... read more


WEATHER REPORT
Roscosmos Announces Tender for Moon Rocket Design

US flags still on the moon, except one: NASA

Another Small Step for Mankind

Russia starts building Moon spaceship, eyes Lunar base

WEATHER REPORT
Engineering Team Develops Chip for Mars Rover

NASA shows first 'crime scene' photo of Mars landing

Orbiter Images NASA's Latest Additions To Martian Landscape

First 360-Degree Panorama From Nasa'S Curiosity Mars Rover

WEATHER REPORT
NASA, Louisiana Officials Renew Partnership With National Center For Advanced Manufacturing

New US website lets 'crowd' fund college grad startups

Space Apps Company Seeking Crowd Funds For Space Exploration, Research, and Education

JPL Infographics Site Wants You and Your Creativity

WEATHER REPORT
China's Long March-5 carrier rocket engine undergoes testing

China to land first moon probe next year

China launches Third satellite in its global data relay network

Looking Forward to Shenzhou 10

WEATHER REPORT
Microgravity Science Glovebox Marks Anniversary with 'Hands' on the Future

Russia Launches Space Freighter to Orbital Station

A Fish Friendly Facility for the ISS

Russian cargo ship manages to dock at ISS on second try

WEATHER REPORT
The Spaceport moves into action for Arianespace's next Soyuz mission to orbit two Galileo satellites

Sea Launch Prepares for the Launch of Intelsat 21

Proton Launch Failure

Ariane 5 performs 50th successful launch in a row

WEATHER REPORT
Five Potential Habitable Exoplanets Now

RIT Leads Development of Next-generation Infrared Detectors

UCF Discovers Exoplanet Neighbor

Can Astronomers Detect Exoplanet Oceans

WEATHER REPORT
Wired reporter hack reveals perils of digital age

Latin America poised for a lithium boom

Reluctant electrons enable 'extraordinarily strong' negative refraction

Wayward Satellites to Orbit for Months - Space Source




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement