U.S. endures hottest summer since 1936

By Andrew Jones
Saturday, September 10, 2011 13:26 EDT
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Skeptics of climate change will have to deal with more evidence contrasting their disbelief.

The U.S. has experienced its hottest summer in 75 years, according to USA Today and the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. This latest summer season, with an average temperature of 74.5 degrees, has also been recorded as the second hottest ever. Only the Dust Bowl year of 1936, at 74.6 degrees, was warmer.

The middle south certainly felt the increased heat more than any other region, with Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico having their hottest summers ever. Texas has also suffered through its driest summer on record, with currently enduring its longest drought since the 1950s.

On the opposite side, Oregon and Washington had their coolest summers in history, while California had its wettest.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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