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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."

Jeff Burgess July 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Yet, global warming is a myth.
Michael Gianfranceschi July 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
one year does not make a trend think about the winter of 2010- 2011
Yortuk Festrunk. July 12, 2012 at 02:55 AM
what about 9 years? Only the wacko right-wingers would deny this. NEW YORK CITY, New York - NASA's says 2011 was the ninth-warmest year since global temperature record-keeping began in 1880. That continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years on the record have occurred since 2000. The average temperature around the globe in 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline.
sebastian dangerfield July 12, 2012 at 03:43 AM
yortuk This is a right wing issue ? First 9 years does not mean a thing when the earth is billions of years old. (unless you think that a billionaire would be affected by a 9 dollar tax? Just to keep it in your left wing perspective....is 9 signifcant for anything when its context is billions?) Next--Tom cruise is a democrat--and perhaps in his scientology world he is sane --but Im thinking that wacko is also not a word that should be reserved for the right wing. As far as global warming--I think its safe to say that there is global warming....I also think that the scientific community largely attributes the warming to man -made -greenhouse gas effects..... Speaking of wackos---and to change subjects--we now see a few bankruptcies taking place in California.... this has been predicted for some time, by economists and written about by people such as Michael Lewis. But, in this "wacko " world, I read just a month ago during the Wisconsin recall vote, that the right wing was fabricating the problems that would occur if there was not some push back on public employee unions. The left answered back that this was a conspiracy theory, that had no basis. It is now estaimated that Los Angeles 1 year from now will be over 400 mio dollars in deficit...owing largely to public unions. Yortuk-- as an expert on what is "crazy" is it crazy for tea party members to identify a problem and look for pension reform? Or is it crazy to deny the problem exists?
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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