lobally, 2012 was one of the warmest years on record, according to separate reports from NOAA and NASA.
NOAA's 2012 State of the Climate report, released Tuesday, concluded that last year was the 10th warmest since record keeping began in 1880.
According to NOAA, 2012 marked the 36th consecutive year with global average temperatures above last century's average. Every year of the 21st
century thus far has been one of the top 14 warmest years in 133 years of recordkeeping.
James E. Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said during a Tuesday press call, "Each decade has been
significantly warmer than the prior decade since the mid-1970s." He added, "We can predict with confidence that the next decade will be warmer than
NOAA confirmed last week that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the contiguous U.S., based on records dating back to 1895. The year was one
degree Fahrenheit warmer than the previous record holder, 1998. According to Climate Central, Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at NOAA's National
Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said, "Climate change has had a role in this [record]."
I heard this news this morning so I thought I would share it with you.
There are different websites saying it barely made it into the top ten (which I heard this
morning)like this one,
and this one said it is #9.
Either way it was a hot year in the US, but seemed to be quite normal in the rest of the world.
Maybe the US should stop polluting so much...
For all the hype about everything heating up, I was expecting more...