Thank goodness for August. If the dog days didn’t cool down, we probably would have had the hottest summer on record. As it was, Delaware experienced our third warmest summer on record since 1895. I’m glad that the Democrats are finally beginning to campaign on effects of climate change on our world.
Summer 2012 officially closed for meteorological purposes at the end of August, with the final outcome of it the third warmest summer since 1895 for the US lower 48. Only 1934 (74.5) and 2011 (74.6) were warmer in official statistics than the final average temperate of 74.4 in the US. We were on pace for the warmest summer on record in the US thanks to July’s record but August’s warm-but-not-too-hot final result helped nudge us down in the standings from first to third.