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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."

Peter S. Mizla July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Our climate in Vernon, and the rest of Connecticut is in the early stages of rapid change. We will in the future have to adapt to warmer summers, extreme weather, possible drought periods, that are followed by flooding rains. In the very near future coastal erosion and sea rise will pose problems for us all.
Emily July 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Thats some mighty fine prognostication Nostradamus. Don't quit your day job or I fear you will go hungry waiting for your predictions to come true.
Peter S. Mizla July 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Emily- I look at the latest scientific predictions- that are derived from scientific experts/climate scientists- such as James Hansen of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC- also the NOAA, The National Academy of Sciences. the USGS- as well as those from Yale - in their climate 360 project. Most of these projections come from paleo climate records/History as well.. Before you accuse me of making this stuff up- Beware I have plenty of solid data, information, observations of the highest caliber. Unless you are living in a cave- I suggest you look and see what is happening climatically here and worldwide- as well as in the high arctic.
Emily July 27, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Yea I just checked. Its nice out.
North Tolland July 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Peter I have no idea why Emily is so rude. If I didn't know what my opinion was on climate change I would me far more likely to listen to you than her. You seem to be an adult.
Peter S. Mizla July 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM
ean, thanks. A link from Scientific American late last year from Dr. James Hansen of NASA GISS SAN FRANCISCO—A mantra that has driven global negotiations on carbon dioxide emissions for years has been that policy-makers must prevent warming of more than two degrees Celsius to prevent apocalyptic climate outcomes. And, two degrees has been a point of no return, a limit directly or indirectly agreed to by negotiators at international climate talks. James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, whose data since the 1980s has been central to setting that benchmark, said today that two degrees is too much. New, extensive study of the paleoclimate record going back 50 million years by Hansen and others now shows that the two-degree target for global temperature rise “is a prescription for disaster,” Hansen said here at a news conference during the American Geophysical Union meeting. the rest; http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2011/12/06/two-degree-global-warming-limit-is-called-a-prescription-for-disaster/

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