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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:20 PM

2012 Is The Hottest, Most Extreme Year in U.S. History

Source: Think Progress / Dr. Jeff Masters

2012 Is The Hottest, Most Extreme Year In U.S. History

By Joe Romm on Dec 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

A warm November and record-breaking early December means 2012 will be the warmest year ever for the U.S. As Jeff Masters reports:

…the U.S. heated up considerably in November, notching its 20th warmest November since 1895, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in their latest State of the Climate report. The warm November virtually assures that 2012 will be the warmest year on record in the U.S. The year-to-date period of January – November has been by far the warmest such period on record for the contiguous U.S.–a remarkable 1.0°F above the previous record. During the 11-month period, 18 states were record warm and an additional 24 states were top ten warm. The December 2011 – November 2012 period was the warmest such 12-month period on record for the contiguous U.S., and the eight warmest 12-month periods since record keeping began in 1895 have all ended during 2012.

December 2012 would have to be 1°F colder than our coldest December on record (set in 1983) to prevent the year 2012 from being the warmest in U.S. history. This is meteorologically impossible, given the recent December heat in the U.S. As wunderground’s weather historian Christopher C. Burt reported, an early-December heat wave this week set records for warmest December temperature on record in seven states. December 2012 is on pace to be a top-20% warmest December on record in the U.S.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/10/1307221/2012-is-the-hottest-most-extreme-year-in-us-history/

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dballance Dec 2012 #2
Kolesar Dec 2012 #4
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #5
JDPriestly Dec 2012 #3
Mnemosyne Dec 2012 #6

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:34 PM

1. Republicans will now have to gin up their Media Lie Machine, Inc.

Republicans -- as they so often demonstrate - will go out of the way to lie about this, and to further enmesh their Fox-watching, Rush-listening RepubliProles in the kind of BS that has been suckering them for 30 years.

Wake up you poor jerked-around RepubliSuckers. The Republican 1% Eeleetes & their overpaid Propaganda Pimps are lying to you. Systematically. And laughing at you behind your backs.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:43 PM

2. Here's my totally unscientific anecdotal evidence

I live in Portland, OR. A NORTH Western city not all that far from Canada. I have yet to turn on the heat in my condo because it hasn't be cold enough to do so.

It has been great for my electric bills since last year they were $100 to $150 or so while using the central heat but this year they're remaining low at around $30 to $50.

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Response to dballance (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:03 PM

4. Snowless in the lower Great Lakes

I only got to ski four times last winter. I usually get in 15 days on weekends and the occasional weeknight when we have the energy.

It has not really snowed in Cleveland. Usually we have had five inches of snow by mid December.

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Response to dballance (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 05:30 PM

5. While here in Ala. I had to turn on my A/C the last 2 nights.

Normally we have just cool enough temps that we have to use space heaters in the bedrooms at night.

The last week has been in the low 70's.
Last year not ONE fruit tree flowered, it was not cold enough.
Looks like the same this year, unless we get a couple weeks of below 40's.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. Usually, in Southern California, my basil has gone the way of cold weather by the end of Nov.

Not this year. It is hanging in there. It doesn't taste that great, but it has lots of seeds and is by no means showing signs of exposure to cold temperatures.

Just saying. From a very subjective view, this year seems warmer even than last.

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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:03 PM

6. And unfortunately, it won't be the last. Thanks Hissy! K&R nt

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