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American's new climate 'normal' is hotter, wetter, and more extreme

Posted On: May 15, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo.
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
New climate data released Tuesday shows temperatures across most of the US are trending up.
The yearly 'normal' temperature for the country reached a record-high of 53.3 degrees over the last 30 years.
Climate scientist Mike Palecki said the higher normals were one sign of ongoing climate change.
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National data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration supports what scientists have been shouting for years: The ongoing climate crisis has created a wet, hot, American climate. The country's new normal temperature is one full degree hotter than it was only two decades ago, according to an updated set of thirty-year climate averages for the contiguous US known as climate normals. Climate normals are calculated by meteorologists based on 30-years of data to avoid the randomness...

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