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March Heat Temperature Obliterates Old Record
2012-04-09 13:51:25

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported today that temperatures in the lower 48 states in the U.S. were 8.6 degrees above average for March. NOAA said that the record-breaking highs did not just stop in March, but added that the temperatures for the 48 states were 6 degrees higher than average for the first three months of the year. Meteorologist say an unusual confluence of several weather patterns, including La Nina, was the cause of the warm start to 2012....

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2011-04-11 08:04:23

Last month, temperatures and precipitation in the contiguous United States averaged above normal, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The average temperature in March was 44.0 degrees F, which is 1.4 degrees F above the long-term (1901-2000) average. March precipitation, while record dry in areas like Texas, was overall 0.22 inch above the long-term average. The January "“ March temperatures were near-normal, while average precipitation was...

2008-08-01 18:00:04

By CRAIG KOPLIEN Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States. Heat waves have been responsible for an average of at least 237 deaths a year since 1997. In Wisconsin since 1982, heat waves have been responsible for more deaths than all other natural disasters combined. From 1982 through 2006, the direct cause of at least 115 deaths was heat. Plus, heat was considered an indirect cause of at least 95 other deaths. The summer of 1995 heat waves hold the record as the No....

2007-01-09 16:27:51

WASHINGTON - Last year was the warmest on record for the United States, with readings pushed over higher than normal by the unusual and unseasonably warm weather during the last half of December. Preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center listed the average temperature for the 48 contiguous states last year as 55 degrees Fahrenheit. That's 2.2 degrees warmer than average and 0.07 degree warmer than 1998, the previous warmest year on record. Worldwide, the agency said, it was the...

2006-07-28 18:19:54

By Jorene Barut-Phillips CLOVIS, California (Reuters) - The death toll from this week's brutal heat wave in California has reached at least 126, state officials said on Friday, although record high temperatures were finally easing. The state's Office of Emergency Services said it had confirmed 69 deaths from heat stress, with another 57 fatalities believed to be linked to the extreme weather. Of those 88 were men and 38 women. Los Angeles County said it was investigating another six...

2006-07-28 17:18:28

By Jorene Barut-Phillips CLOVIS, California (Reuters) - The death toll from this week's brutal heat wave in California has reached at least 116, state officials said on Friday, as record temperatures finally eased. The state's Office of Emergency Services said it had confirmed 63 deaths from heat stress, with another 53 fatalities believed to be linked to the extreme weather. The numbers could rise as county officials updated their tallies, and Los Angeles County said it was...

2006-07-15 00:00:00

WASHINGTON - The first half of the year was the warmest on record for the United States. The government reported Friday that the average temperature for the 48 contiguous United States from January through June was 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 3.4 degrees above average for the 20th century. That made it the warmest such period since recordkeeping began in the National Climatic Data Center reported. No state was cooler than average and five states _ Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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