Environmental group to highlight extreme weather records set in Maine this year

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 5:45 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An environmental group will unveil an interactive tool that highlights weather records set in Maine this year.

The Natural Resources Defense Council says nearly 35 extreme weather records were broken in the state in 2011. The nonprofit says those records will be detailed for the first time Thursday with a new interactive mapping tool and year-end review.

A corresponding national analysis includes state-by-state figures on extreme weather in 2011, detailing record-breaking temperatures, rainfall and snowfall in each state.

The council says this year the country has had unparalleled weather extremes whose impacts cost more than $50 billion.