Average Temperatures – Are They Steady or Are They Flowing Up?
It is often said that average temperatures in the U.S. are not currently at a record high, and yet, we have seen a record heat wave over the past two weeks.
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It does not look like the average temperature will break the record set during this time either. With the recent record warmth there is an increase in the number of heat waves that occur each year. These intense weather events are increasing around the world in their severity and frequency. The number of heat waves is increasing as well with tropical areas experiencing more frequent and intense periods of extreme heat than other parts of the globe.
Average Temperatures in the United States have continued to remain above normal in some areas such as the southwest and the upper Midwest. While high temperatures were the dominant feature in the west, the east has also had some of its warmer, summer months on record. The Midwest, on the other hand, has had cooler temperatures with higher humidity levels than other parts of the country. With an average annual temperature of 48.4 degrees, the Midwest states are the most predominant climate zone with less variation in temperatures from one region to the next.
The hottest month to be in the United States is currently July. Although we have been experiencing a little bit of La Niagra in April, it is still considered to be the hottest month in the west. With an average annual temperature of 48.4 degrees, July is currently the hottest month in the northeast, with states such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin being the hottest in the Midwestern states. The hottest month in the Pacific Northwest is June, and July is the hottest month in the north central states such as Minnesota, Montana, and Washington. With an average annual temperature of 48.4 degrees, Hawaii continues to rank as the hottest climate in the western hemisphere.
Global Warming – What Is Causing It?
Climate change is one of the most serious issues that the human race faces today. It literally refers to the changes in the earth’s climate over long time scales. Climate change impacts us all, affecting the plants, animals, water, and the human population. The impacts are widespread and long term, and pose significant risks to future stability of the environment. This paper seeks to bring to light the critical need for urgent research and action regarding this issue.
Climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, that are trapped in the earth’s atmosphere. Natural climate change is a term that describes the gradual process by which the earth warmed and cooled over centuries. Climate change includes both global warming caused by human emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, and the resultant large-scale changes in precipitation patterns. This paper focuses on the latter, examining natural causes of global climate change. The study finds that natural causes account for about 70% of the warming observed over the past two decades.
What makes natural climate change so important? Global warming is strongly linked to human activity. The burning of fossil fuels, and consequently, carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming. Large amounts of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels such as coal and oil, or release methane gas from livestock and industrial processes. Emissions from modern industrial societies continue to increase carbon emissions, making global warming one of the most important environmental problems of the twenty-first century.
How do scientists examine the causes of climate change? Through studying the earth’s climate history, researchers attempt to pin down the causes of global warming. They take data from ice cores, fossil records, and present-day climate conditions around the globe and attempt to reconstruct the past to identify the source of unusual climate conditions. Through these efforts, they identify several natural cycles that affect the earth’s climate, as well as the sources of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
How can scientists tell if climate change is truly a problem? In most cases, they examine the global average temperature. When comparing past climate conditions with the present day, they take into consideration both warming and cooling periods. If the current rate of temperature rise is significantly above the average, it is considered to be a warming, or an instance of climate change. On the other hand, if the current rate of temperature decrease is less than the previous, it is considered to be a cooling, or an instance of climate change.
Can the earth’s temperature to be controlled? Although scientists cannot completely control global warming, they can examine various mitigation options, which can slow down or even reverse the effects of global warming. Various types of pollution, such as carbon dioxide, methane gases, and other greenhouse gas emissions, have been identified as contributing to climate change.
Typical State of Florida Climate
The average temperature across the state of Florida varies by season. For Miami, the highest daily maximum temperature from December to April is seventy-three degrees while for the other cities it may be higher. In the southern state, the high temperature is more frequent and more intense during the winter season. In Miami, the temperature is not unusual during the winter with the humidity being at a minimum.
Climate in Florida has an interesting pattern where the climate is characterized by two periods, tropical and Atlantic. During the period of Atlantic climate, the hurricane season is the strongest. From the coast, tropical storm moves inland while in the middle of Atlantic, hurricanes are often weak to avoid hitting the populated area. The hurricane season also includes winter, which has the coldest climate along with the greatest average temperatures. However, the waters have warm temperature during the spring and summer and tend to become dry or humid. The combined effect of Atlantic climate and Gulf stream moisture makes the climate in Miami humid and hot, whereas winter makes the climate in Miami drier and cold.
The Florida climate is characterized by the Gulf of Mexico, which drains into the central Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, while the western Atlantic seeps into the Gulf of Mexico and the northern Caribbean Sea. The soil and water of the southern states are humid, whereas the northern states have drier soils and warmer waters. The combined effect of the sea breeze and the heat absorbed by the land creates a hot and humid climate. At the same time, the coastal plain has cooler temperatures and less humidity. In addition, Florida is the only state to have four separate seasons in a year, the end of the summer season in Miami and the beginning of fall in the northern state, with the latter creating the wet season in Florida.