U.S. Sees Warmest Year Since Record-Keeping Began 117 Years Ago

Friday, May 11, 2012

Things are heating up in the United States. Over the past 12 months, the average national temperature reached the highest ever recorded since the government began keeping track in 1895.

From May 2011 to April 2012, the nationally averaged temperature was 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit above what scientists called the “long-term average” for the entire 20th century.
Last month alone, warmer-than-average temperatures occurred in nine states located in the Central and Northeast regions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that above-average temperatures also were recorded in the Southeast, Upper Midwest and much of the West.
So far in 2012 (not counting the month of May), the U.S. (minus Alaska and Hawaii) has experienced the warmest four-month period on record, with an average temperature of 45.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature was 5.4 degrees above the long-term average, according to the NOAA.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:
U.S. Temperatures for April Third Warmest on Record (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Ten Warmest 12-month Periods for the Contiguous U.S. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


anonymouse 8 years ago
and yet....locally, here in central texas, the first quarter was officially dubbed the sixth warmest on record (going back to the late 1800s). the warmest first quarter hereabouts was way back in 1906 --- long before carbon footprints began tracking like bigfoot across our collective consciousness. i suggest you wake up and smell the propaganda in stories such as this: consider that until about 1980, the instruments used to record temps were not digital. furthermore, the thermometers that were once stationed amid green grass and leafy trees, are now marooned on urban heat islands of concrete. in short, the older data is suspect due to recording error and comparisons between the older and newer readings are like the proverbial apples and oranges. you all should bone up on u.n. agenda 21 and its implications before swallowing the alarmists' propaganda without a single grain of salt.

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