Last 12 months were the warmest on record for U.S. as a whole
Posted by David Brooks | Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month led to at least 170 all-time high temperature records broken or tied. The June temperatures contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.
That's the word from NOAA, which oversees the National Weather Service. You can read the whole report here. Try as I might, this winter-lover can't see any good news.
Sorry, kids - I didn't think it was possible, but we have really screwed up the planet.