FROM Heidi Cullen
The Heat Wave and Global Warming There's a heat wave in the eastern two-thirds of the United States that's likely to continue into August, along with a widespread lack of rain that's created severe drought conditions. What does it mean for the future? Every 10 years the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recalculates " climate normals ," 30-year averages of temperature and precipitation for 7500 US locations. Climate Central meteorologist Heidi Cullen, author of The Weather of the Future , says the latest report offers "a fascinating and disturbing snapshot of a restless climate."
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