(NEW YORK) — For those looking for evidence of global warming, look no further than a new government report that says the past six months were the warmest January-through-June period for the U.S. since record keeping began in 1895.
The report says the past 12 months were also the warmest such period since 1895. Every state in the lower 48 had warmer-than-average temperatures during the period from July 2011 to June 2012, except for Washington, which had temperatures near normal.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report shows that at the end of June, 56 percent of the country was experiencing drought conditions.
The agency report says 2012 also gave us the warmest spring on record, and marked the first time that all three months of spring — March, April and May — ranked among the 10 warmest since 1895.
NOAA scientists say the average daily temperature for this past June in the lower 48 states was a full two degrees above the 20th-century average.
Better grab that sunscreen.
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