Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 10:44 AM EDT
The 2011 Texas drought was exacerbated by the highest temperatures since 1895 during June, July and August. Several prominent climate scientists have blamed these record highs on global warming. These claims are puzzling because, in spite of the 2011 record highs, Texas records going back more than a century show slightly more cooling than warming. So I visited the National Climatic Data Center website to review Texas temperature records. The NCDC provides monthly temperature records for 10 Texas regions going back to 1895.
National Climatic Data Center records of the temperatures across Texas show no significant trend (straight line) from January 1895 to December 2011. Photo: Forrest M. Mims III, For The Express-News / SA