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Climate: Summers are indeed getting warmer

Statistical analysis of observational data reinforces modeling projections

October 2012 temperature anomalies compared to the 1951-1980 average.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — If you live in the Balkans, or perhaps the southwestern U.S. and you feel like summers have been getting warming, it’s not just your imagination.

After crunching numbers from 90 years worth of observational data, scientists with the Boulder-based Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences say they’ve shown that summer climates are, for the most part, warming.

“It is the first time that we show on a local scale that there are significant changes in summer temperatures,” said lead author CIRES scientist Irina Mahlstein. “This result shows us that we are experiencing a new summer climate regime in some regions.” Continue reading

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