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The warmest year ever
55 The average temperature in U.S. in 2006, the highest on record
40 Days without measurable snowfall in Chicago, dating from Dec. 2
Scientists blame rise in greenhouse gases: `We have
By Robert Lee Hotz
Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times
Published January 10, 2007
On the fever chart of rising temperatures, 2006 was the warmest year on record for the 48 contiguous states--in some places daffodils bloomed out of season and bears forgot to hibernate--government climate experts reported Tuesday.
Based on an analysis of readings from 1,200 weather stations, the average annual temperature in the 48 states last year was more than 2 degrees higher than the mean temperature for the 20th Century. It also was fractionally higher than 1998, which held the previous temperature record, the researchers reported.
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