Gallery: NOAA Finds The First Six Months of 2012 Were The Warmest On Re...

 

Many parts of the US experienced scorching temperatures over the past six months, so it may come as no surprise that the first half of 2012 was the warmest on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) State of the Climate Report, published on July 9 found that not only did the last two weeks of June alone see “170 all-time high temperature records broken or tied,” but the first half of 2012 was the warmest January-June period for the Lower 48 States since records began in 1895.

The report also revealed that a total of 28 states, all east of the Rocky Mountains, also had a record warm first six months of the year.  Another 15 states had their top 10 warmest for the months January-June. Interestingly, only Washington state recorded a cooler-than-average first half of 2012.

These record-breaking temperatures have brought about speculation over the role of global warming. Andrew Freedman, writing for Climate Central expressed that while the heat wave is certainly historic and record breaking, it is perhaps not unprecedented. Freedman notes that current warming trends could make heat waves such as this more common in the future: “it’s reasonable to think that while a record-breaking heat wave used to require a massive, unusually powerful dome of high pressure in order to occur, now the same record could be set with a weaker weather system.”

Many other scientists have come out in agreement that this heatwave is more than just “summer,” as some have tried to claim. Speaking to The Guardianwith Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado “We are certainly seeing climate change in action,” he said. “This year has been exceptionally unusual throughout the United States.”

While June has seen record temperatures in New York, it is actually only the 14th warmest on record for the Lower 48 States in 118 years of records. However Colorado has recorded its record hottest June, while claims that all-time state records have been set in South Carolina (113) and Georgia (112) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee.  

The increased heat has also seen an expansion of the drought in the nation’s heartland. In fact, January-June 2012 was among the top 10 driest such periods on record in 14 states, primarily in the Plains states, with Delaware recording the driest period. Of course, the heat has lead to Wyoming, Colorado and Utah recording the driest months in June with the dry conditions leading to wildfires.

It wasn’t all heat however—Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington had one of their top 10 wettest January-June periods on record in 2012. However NOAA’s report is alarming if 47 of the 48 contiguous states are warmer than average over the  past 12-month period (apart from Washington).

+ NOAA

via Weather.com, Climate Central

Images:  NOAA, Daniel R Blume and Ed Yourdon

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  1. rnbram July 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    This is typical of the blinkered Global-Warmers’ pseudo-scientific intellect: noting and publicizing events that suit their _a_priori_ conclusions. (Go ahead, get rankled, but if the shoe fits, try reconsidering your premises!) Why has Inhabitat NOT reported the latest findings, of over 2000 years of accurate tree ring data?

    Weather varies locally. Changes in one continent are not necessarily matched on others, nor over oceans. E.g. our mild winters have been matched by brutal winters on the Eurasian continent.

    Understanding so-called Global Warming means understanding what facts are fundamental and what are derivative details. There are many fundamental facts that negate the claims of the modelers, the temperature station data (known to be falsely selective), and all the supposed, observed, breathlessly reported,consequences of that unproven conclusion.

    To learn of the afore-mentioned tree ring data:
    “Tree-rings prove climate was WARMER in Roman and Medieval times than it is now – and world has been cooling for 2,000 years”
    —Study of semi-fossilised trees gives accurate climate reading back to 138BC
    —World was warmer in Roman and Medieval times than it is now
    Can be seen at http://bit.ly/P0vD7L

    Note that the present global climate is very cool, compared to past geological eras, long before mankind, and the Industrial Revolutin began producing CO2. Thus, we can expect warming (or an ice age). It is also true that atm-CO2 levels are so low that plants would BENEFIT from a doubling, but even 10x as much would do more good than harm. See: http://bit.ly/MkvkFS

    There is much more evidence that refutes Anthropogenic Global Warming. Some of the knowledge dates back to before AGW was ever imagined. And, it WAS merely imagined, but was then propped up for the career advancement of ‘scientists’, politicians, and people who just want to drag down humanity (misanthropists abound).

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