They tell us what most of the country already suspected, the warmest Summer, overall, on record. And here too, it was a warm and fairly dry Summer…so we resemble the overall Nation in terms of temps and precip.
Now, it’s important to distinguish several things. First, ONE Summer doesn’t prove (or disprove) a thing, in terms of Greenhouse Gas Warming, or Global Warming. (My opinion? Both are happening. That’s my professional opinion.) Secondly, those are two seperate issues. You can HAVE Global Warming (a period of Earth’s history when temps warm up) and NOT have GHG Warming (human effects, if any). The difficult part is determining our effect in the mix (GHG Warming).
Regardless of which/both are or are not going on, it is the warmest on record (SOME year has to be warmest, right? Just as some year has to be coolest!)
Here’s the pic and the link: