If you’ve spent the past few months cursing Seattle’s unwritten no-air-conditioning-rule, you’re not alone. Typically, the region’s cool, temperate climate makes AC seem like an unnecessary expense. But not this year.
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has confirmed what Pacific Northwesterners have felt in their hearts (and whole bodies) for months. It has been a record-breaking year in heat — 20 records, to be exact.
Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight produced the chart for Seattle and nine other cities across the U.S. The findings show that, despite some brutal winter conditions in parts of the country, July 2014 to 2015 was the warmest year ever recorded.
The report comes in advance of a pledge by tech giants like Microsoft, Apple, and Google to work with the White House to take action on climate change.