July The Hottest Month Ever Recorded As Drought Reaches Two-Thirds Of U.S.

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"July The Hottest Month Ever Recorded As Drought Reaches Two-Thirds Of U.S."

July’s average temperature was the hottest on record for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The last 12 months have been the hottest ever for the U.S., with over 27,000 high temperature records broken or tied so far this year. The hot weather has only worsened dry conditions, as nearly two-thirds of the U.S. faces a drought. NASA scientist James Hansen recently connected the extreme heat to climate change, writing “there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.”

Average temperature in July 2012 vs. average from 1981-2010.

 

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11 Responses to July The Hottest Month Ever Recorded As Drought Reaches Two-Thirds Of U.S.

  1. prokaryotes says:

    To bad humans are in collective denial about global warming and do nothing to stop the greatest threat in our history.

    Where are the mandatory actions to curb fossil fuel consumption? Where is the leadership?

    • We will get there, but not before a LOT more suffering and by then, of course, we shall see what is salvageable of our, until now, kind Holocene climate equilibrium. On the way, I am sure, there will be mind-numbingly half-hearted measures to address the situation (perhaps those will begin coming soon) while nations and fossil fuels companies fight tooth and nail to prevent actual, effective policy. Finally we will arrive at a ‘new normal'(disallowing, of course, for further ‘in the pipeline’ warming and tipping point dynamics impervious to short or medium term fixes). Yes, most of us who comment here are working to better this scenario but does anyone by this point believe it will go any differently?

    • perceptiventity says:

      So much for leadership:

      !) President Barack Obama’s largest campaign donors last month included employees of Wells Fargo & Co., (WFC) JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-20/jpmorgan-employees-join-goldman-sachs-among-top-obama-donors.html

      ??) For the whole campaign, Goldman Sachs employees and their families have been the largest source of campaign cash for Romney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group that tracks political money. They have given him almost half a million dollars; four years ago, they gave $1 million to President Barack Obama, according to the center and FEC filings.

      (Does he even need it, is he so mean ?)

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-01/romney-sees-surge-in-wall-street-donations-as-obama-s-decline.html

      And have fun choosing between those branded chocolate bars by the end of a stable-counter. Just make sure you properly pay in the end of it all.

      P.S. – Father what am I doing here?
      – You got no sodding choice, son .

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      What a load of baloney! Please do not attempt to justify N. American behaviour by pretending the rest of the world is the same. The USA and Canada are starting to stick out like sore thumbs, ME

  2. Spike says:

    There was a good news report tonight on UK Channel 4 news (our last decent news programme in the UK) about climate change and the US drought – shamefully the first news programme I have seen to dare to explore the issue.

    I shall post the video clip if it appears in the next days online, but here is their summary from the website.

    http://www.channel4.com/news/is-climate-change-to-blame-for-historic-us-drought

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Here is a opportunity to start with action against the source of air pollution – fossil combustion – which leads to hotter temperatures.

    Chevron Refinery Explosion Fires up Local Residents

    The fire caused a huge toxic black cloud to sweep over the city and other parts of the San Francisco Bay area.

    In the direct aftermath of the accident, nearly 1,000 people went to medical centers complaining of dizziness, eye irritation, shortness of breath and other breathing problems. http://ecowatch.org/2012/chevron-refinery-residents/

    Chevron should pay for polluting the atmosphere. And they should pay for the health threats.

  4. From Peru says:

    oops, I wrote “prudent”, I should have said “careful”. Excuse me, English is not my native language.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Asked whether the July heat record was linked to rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, Mr. Crouch said he could not draw that conclusion. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/09/science/earth/july-was-hottest-month-ever-recorded-in-us.html

    Mr. Crouch should explain exactly why he said so.

  6. If our farming practices were the same as during the 30s, the heat wave would have been much, much worse.

    What a world.

  7. Solar Jim says:

    The heat map resembles a target, with it’s center approximately on Kansas, home of Koch Industries (although there is no justifiable retribution in that).