Report: Past 12 Months the Warmest on Record

An NOAA study finds average temperatures since last July make the last year the hottest ever, more than 3 degrees warmer than the norm.

A report released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms what many of us thought we knew anecdotally: It's hotter than ever out there.

The NOAA's National Climactic Data Center's "State of the Climate: National Overview June 2012" report concludes that the period from July 2011 to June 2012 saw average temperatures in the Lower 48 states that were more than 3 degrees above the long-term average since record-keeping began in 1895.

And if you're into sweating the details, climate scientists say it's going to get worse.

According to the Huffington Post, NOAA's head of climate monitoring, Derek Arndt, was quoted in a recent Associated Press story as saying, "In the future you would expect larger, longer more intense heat waves and we've seen that in the last few summers."

According to other Huffington Post stories, a report by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey found that sea level is rising at three to four times the global average in a "hotspot" along the Atlantic Coast, and a study by the National Research Council concluded that sea level in California will rise six inches by 2030.

The future that climate scientists have predicted for decades could be here. As one Princeton professor recently said, "What we are seeing is a window into what global warming really looks like."

Brett Vondeck July 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I was very happy that we had a warm almost snowless winter last winter. The price of oil was very high last year and many people would have had even less money than they do now. Energy costs were way down for everybody including the towns. We need another warm winter this year as the economy is still in the toilit.
David Irons July 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I agree with Brett that the warmer winter was a relief on the oil costs to heat my home. But the warmer summer is now a strain as it requires more use of our AC to keep the temperature lower. For me, it is a necessity as I have breathing problems that are complicated by the heat and poorer air quality. Looks as if the higher cost to run my ACs will eat up any savings I might have enjoyed on my winter heating costs.
District 7 July 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It would be helpful if people could think outside of their egocentric worlds, and realize the devastating, future repercussive effects of global warming. I don't understand continuing to ignore the facts, and just seeing as far as one's own property border, inside which one is cozy and comfortable --- for the moment.
Thomas Cornick July 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Mother Earth has a fever which will easily resolve itself once she shakes off a few billion of her parasites,
watchdawg1 July 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM
OMG!! the sky is falling. The warming trend is just for the lower 48 states. Last time I looked there are other areas of the world. We have had warming trends before and cooling trends. The 50 yr global trend is cyclical. I do believe in reducing GHG, but not to the economic detriment of our energy systems.


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