Climate Central’s Heidi Cullen explains how “normals” for our climate during the past decade will very likely change soon. Government scientists are busy determining what’s been the average temperature and precipitation for thousands of U.S. locations during the past 30-year period. Much like the U.S. Census, the recalculation takes place once every decade to reflect recent climate trends.
The new climate normals will provide key information for decisions we make in the future, ranging from what we plant, what we pay for energy, and even where we take a vacation.