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2012 The Hottest Year on Record...

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Delhommey    2,872

By a lot

The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the corn belt and a massive storm that caused broad devastation in the mid-Atlantic states, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.

How hot was it? The temperature differences between years are usually measured in fractions of a degree, but last year blew away the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.

If that does not sound sufficiently impressive, consider that 34,008 new daily high records were set at weather stations across the country, compared with only 6,664 new record lows, according to a count maintained by theWeather Channel meteorologist Guy Walton, using federal temperature records.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/science/earth/2012-was-hottest-year-ever-in-us.html?_r=0

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Chimera    3,461

Working together, eh?

Isn't your preferred MO mocking any differing opinion?

I thought last winter was unusually mild. I spent summer in the great white north so I can't really make a comparison there. Just curious if those record highs were mostly during the unusually warm winter, or were they spread throughout the year.

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Delhommey    2,872

You get what you give around here. Come in screaming about "sheeple giving up their liberties" and spout off anecdotal evidence gleaned from an e-mail forward, expect to be mocked.

As far as localized temp, who knows. It's about averages here.

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And this is trending up and to the right.

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Chimera    3,461

Well I was asking about when because I've always heard seasonal abnormalities aren't indicators of global trends.

I know winter was very warm. If the other seasons were above average, I think there could be cause for concern. But if the record highs are due to the warm winter, then see my first sentence.

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Shufdog    2,309

Who cares about fault, it's about working together to get things done.

There's nothing we can do about it.

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Jase    12,487

The polar vortex was nice and comfy settled over Siberia last year.

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Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?

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"It seems that the debate on the authenticity of global warming and the role played by human activity is largely nonexistent among those who understand the nuances and scientific basis of long-term climate processes. The challenge, rather, appears to be how to effectively communicate this fact to policy makers and to a public that continues to mistakenly perceive debate among scientists."

http://tigger.uic.ed...Doran_final.pdf

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