Global Warming Causes Steady Temperature Rise Since 1970

Most Republicans and other nutters deny that the climate is changing and absolutely refuse to accept global warming science.   They stomp, hiss, and giggle when confronted with the irrefutable data, so no doubt they will think this interactive map part of some sort of liberal plot.

From Climate Central:

The summer solstice is right around the corner this Saturday and temperatures around the U.S. have started to rise to the occasion. But it’s not just a warmup from spring to summer that’s occurring: summer temperatures have been steadily rising since 1970.

On average, temperatures have increased at a rate of about 0.4°F per decade in the contiguous U.S. since 1970, or nearly 2°F overall. But some areas have been warming much faster, and others more slowly.

The fastest warming “climate divisions,” or localized areas within regions, are in southern California and Nevada in the western region. There, temperatures have risen by as much as 1.32°F per decade, or more than 5°F overall since 1970.

The Southwest has seen the fastest average rate of summer warming at roughly 0.6°F per decade, and some parts of the region have warmed as much as 0.9°F per decade. Some parts of the Northwest have also experienced summer warming at the rate of 0.92°F per decade. Meanwhile, the Upper Midwest is bringing up the rear, warming on average by only 0.1°F per decade. Even there, however, summers in some areas have been warming by 0.5°F per decade.

The increase is mostly due to the rise of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the globe’s atmosphere due to human activities. According to the recent National Climate Assessment, annual average temperatures in the U.S. could rise another 10°F by century’s end if emissions aren’t abated.

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4 Responses to Global Warming Causes Steady Temperature Rise Since 1970

  1. James Smith

    June 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    So, move to Minnesota and plant your palm trees.

    • Michael John Scott

      June 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      I don’t think it will get that extreme but I’m not sure it won’t 🙂

  2. Joe Hagstrom

    June 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    My republican friends would rather enjoy their confirmation bias and continue to deny facts that don’t jive with our notions than admit a mistake. So I gotta go with James. Learn to live with it. And damn that Gallileo. He was wrong then and he is wrong now. My preacher told me so.

    • Michael John Scott

      June 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Well I would love to see an article on that Joe 🙂