Reply To: Global warming is well underway


The US – home to the loudest global warming sceptics (and a more than fair number of idiots) – is warming, according to new report from PennEnvironment.

In the summer of 2006, Americans from coast to coast experienced a sweltering heat wave that broke more than 2,300 daily temperature records in July alone. This record warmth, however, was not an anomaly; rather, it is indicative of a broader trend toward increasing temperatures and extreme weather resulting from global warming. To examine recent trends in temperature in cities and towns across the United States, this report analyzes 2000-2006 temperature data from 255 major weather stations and finds that temperatures were above normal almost everywhere during the period.

Between 2000 and 2005, the average temperature was above normal at 95% of the locations we studied. Alaska experienced the most warming on average, with Talkeetna reporting average temperatures 4.6° F above normal. Outside of Alaska, weather stations in Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming reported the highest above-normal temperatures for the period.

During the first six months of 2006, the average temperature was above normal at 91% of the locations.

Executive summary, and link to full report (pdf) at:
Feeling the Heat: Global Warming and Rising Temperatures in the United States