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 Monday 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."

Bob Fawkes July 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Does anybody still listen to and believe the Republican hucksters and snake oil salesmen like Limbaugh who claim there is no such thing as global warming; that it's all a hoax by Obama and Gore to benefit their cronies in the "Green Energy" industry?
Flowers July 10, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Global warming could be a natural phenomenon unrelated to the activities of man. Either way I do not believe human society has the wherewithal to do anything about it. My recycled plastic bottle is doing very little to straighten the world out. Get a big hat and some sun glasses it looks like a long hot trip.
Luigi (the original) July 10, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Indeed Flowers I agree. Whatever the cause and whatever the effect, what will happen will happen.There's very little anyone could repair at this point, regardless of which "hucksters" and "snake oil" salesmen you subscribe too. Especially the local yokels.
Patrick Madley July 10, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Now this topic is something I can speak a lot about because I have spent the past 4 years of my life studying this. Man is not the only reason for this but we are the major reason. We pollute tons and tons of CO2 into the atmosphere today and at the rate we cut down trees, it cannot be absorbed. We need trees to absorb the CO2. Nevertheless, at this point in time most of the damage is done. We can only try to slow the process now.


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