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Unlike the confuse that abounds when it snows in the winter, so global warming must be a hoax (everything you need to know about why that’s not true here) summers are pretty straightforward: global warming is happening, and as a result our summers, on average, are getting — wait for it — warmer.
Just how much warmer? This handy interactive graphic from Climate Central can help you put it into context. It shows the average rate of warming, since 1970, for summers in nine regions of the contiguous U.S.
They’ve all gotten hotter, but the trend isn’t uniform: one area of the West, you’ll notice, is heating up fastest, at a rate up to 1.32°F per decade. If you live in southern California or Nevada, summer’s over 5°F hotter than it used to be. In the Upper Midwest, on the other hand, the effect’s much subtler, averaging only 0.1°F per decade.
Averaged together, the country’s summers having been warming by 0.4°F each decade, for a gain of nearly 2°F since the cooler days of 1970. So yes, on the long-term scale, summer really is hotter than it used to be.
See how climate change is affecting your region below:
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.