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."

Gerald M. Gaynor July 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Perhaps Yoruk ought to take a closer look at the quality of some of the "data' used to support his partisan conclusions. The same climatological "experts" warned us of an impending new Ice Age in the 1970s. There is plenty of speculation out there. What is fact is that non-static systems change. Static systems are dead. If anyone needs a refresher course on the downside of attempting to maintain a status quo in an environmental system they need look no further than history of the National Park Service and its numerous, well intentioned mistakes. Do climates change? Yes they do. Does that excuse the confusion of cause and effect? No it does not. While it has been asserted that statistics don’t lie; statisticians sometimes do…
Yortuk Festrunk. July 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
DUH ! like what planet have you been living on for the last 20 years? http://totalbuzz.ocregister.com/2012/03/06/conservative-white-men-lead-climate-change-denial/82983/ ps: your logic is backasswards also, 9 years out of 100 would not mean a great deal, out of billion years = HUGE !
sebastian dangerfield July 12, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Yortuk, I have been living for 19 of the past 20 on the planet earth, to answer your question. The other 1 has been spent on Uranus. My logic is backwards? haha. Why dont you let me know what the temperatures of the Earth were, say 1bio years ago (hint it was over 50 degrees warmer.) Conservatives might think that man -made global warming doesnt exist.... similar to how liberals think that the solution to most problems is growing the government bigger.....both are wrong. I assume you think that government is the solution--and therefore, i think you are nuts.
joe vige July 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
the sky is falling !!!!!!!!!!! the sky is falling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yooper July 12, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Luca Duff Cruz "I have been living for 19 of the past 20 on the planet earth, to answer your question. The other 1 has been spent on Uranus." That explains SOOOOO much.


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