Yes, that’s right. 2012 was the hottest year on record for the lower 48.Even more evidence that global warming is accelerating at unprecedented rate and having unprecedented effects.
Some key facts (from Huffington Post article):
- According to data from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, there were 356 all-time high temperature records set or tied in 2012, compared to four all-time low temperature records.
- 2012 had an average temperature of 55.3°F, which eclipsed 1998, the previous record holder, by 1°F
- 34,008 daily high temperature records set or tied the year compared to just 6,664 daily record lows
- The drought of 2011-12, which is still ongoing, is comparable in size to severe droughts that occurred in the 1950s, and is already being blamed for more than $35 billion in crop losses alone
Check out the Huffington Post article because they have a tool that allows you to click on your state and see recent weather patterns.
The weather is so hot in Australia right now that meteorologists had to add a new color to weather maps to indicate extreme heat. The traditional crimson red didn’t do it, so purple areas indicate temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).
So here’s to the climate movement, the movement that is trying to mitigate global warming and prevent a climate crisis. Divestment, fighting tar sands, advocacy, and all green efforts are essential as we pave a path to a different future.