Avg US climate 1.5 degrees F warmer than the 1970s

According to the 1981-2010 normals released by the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on July 1, temperatures across the United States were, on average, approximately 0.5 degree F warmer than the 1971-2000 time period.

In the continental United States, every state’s annual maximum and minimum temperature increased on average. “The climate of the 2000s is about 1.5 degrees F warmer than the 1970s, so we would expect the updated 30-year normals to be warmer,” said Thomas R. Karl, L.H.D., NCDC director.”

Full story: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110629_newnormals.html 

Note: one °F is exactly 5/9th of one °C

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