July 2012 not as hot as last year's

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 8:14 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 7:19 AM
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July was hot – and dry – but not as hot as last year.

According to the National Weather Service summary of data recorded at Augusta Regional Airport, the month included six triple-digit days, with the highest temperature – 104 degrees – recorded July 1. Rainfall totaled just 1.46 inches, or slightly over a third of normal.

Last July, however, Augusta recorded 10 triple-digit days that topped out at 103 degrees. The 4.05 inches of rain was closer to normal, but almost all of it occurred during a single thunderstorm, with dry conditions most of the month.

Previous July records for Augusta include seven triple-digit days and 5.86 inches of rain in 2010; one triple-digit day and 3.29 inches of rain in 2009; and one triple-digit day and 4.14 inches of rain in 2008.

If recent history repeats itself, August will be much hotter than July. Records from August 2011 showed that there were 11 days of 100 degrees or more in Augusta, with just 1.16 inches of rainfall.

The forecast calls for highs of 97 today.

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Angie H
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Angie H 08/02/12 - 07:56 am
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OMG...stop burning fossile

OMG...stop burning fossile fules and we can change all of this today!

We are burning so much fossil fules that we are causing the ice caps on mars to melt.

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TParty 08/02/12 - 08:31 am
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While the sarcasm is there-

While the sarcasm is there- so is global warming. It should be obvious by now, and data from 98% of climate scientists confirm it.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/02/12 - 08:58 am
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Global warming

Global warming sure.....man-made? No conclusive evidence. If it was man made, then how are we melting the ice caps on Mars? Is it the solar powered vehicles we sent there?

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Angie H 08/02/12 - 09:18 am
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I suppose the fact that it

I suppose the fact that it has been proven that many of those scientists fudged data should just be ignored.

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TParty 08/02/12 - 09:38 am
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Fudged data should never be

Fudged data should never be ignored. If you are referring too what happened in England with some emails (climategate)- you should know they were cleared of everything. The scientists did not fudge data, but they should have been more open about their work.

The Koch brothers spent a lot of money trying to prove climate change is not happening- and their own scientists said “Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”

Angie H
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Angie H 08/02/12 - 09:40 am
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Monitoring stations beside

Monitoring stations beside air conditioners, in asphalt parking lots, etc.......nothing wrong there.

What is your proof that Humans are almost entirely the cause? How are we causing the Mars ice caps to melt?

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TParty 08/02/12 - 09:52 am
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There is evidence it's caused

There is evidence it's caused by humans- but no one has definitive proof.

It is hard to understand how anyone could claim global warming is happening on Mars when we can’t even agree what’s happening on the planet we live on.

And here are some facts on Mars, written by someone else because I'm too lazy to do it-

There are a few basic points about the climate on Mars that are worth reviewing:

- Planets do not orbit the sun in perfect circles, sometimes they are slightly closer to the sun, sometimes further away. This is called orbital eccentricity and it contributes far greater changes to Martian climate than to that of the Earth because variations in Mars' orbit are five times greater than the Earth.

-Mars has no oceans and only a very thin atmosphere, which means there is very little thermal inertia – the climate is much more susceptible to change caused by external influences.

-The whole planet is subject to massive dust storms, and these have many causal effects on the planet’s climate, very little of which we understand yet.

-We have virtually no historical data about the climate of Mars prior to the 1970s, except for drawings (and latterly, photographs) that reveal changes in gross surface features (i.e. features that can be seen from Earth through telescopes). It is not possible to tell if current observations reveal frequent or infrequent events, trends or outliers.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/02/12 - 10:02 am
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Orbital excentricities create

Orbital excentricities create cyclical changes.

TParty
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TParty 08/02/12 - 10:20 am
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Yeah- that was mentioned by

Yeah- that was mentioned by "it contributes far greater changes to Martian climate than to that of the Earth because variations in Mars' orbit are five times greater than the Earth."

Which- I don't know what you're even on about now- didn't you say global warming is occurring?

Angie H
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Angie H 08/02/12 - 10:57 am
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I did....I just said there is

I did....I just said there is no definitive evidence that it is man made. I'm pretty sure we don't affect the orbits of the planets.

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TParty 08/02/12 - 11:01 am
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Great- and I also said "There

Great- and I also said "There is evidence it's caused by humans- but no one has definitive proof."

Angie H
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Angie H 08/02/12 - 11:04 am
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Then apparently we agree.

Then apparently we agree.

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