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Spring 2012 Likely To Be The Hottest Ever

Spring 2012 Likely To Be The Hottest Ever

The spring of 2012 is due to be the hottest in 117 years, since 1895.Considering this past winter was the fourth-hottest on record (with an average temperature of 42 degrees Fahrenheit in the contiguous US states), March simply the hottest and April the third-hottest, that may come as no surprise.

University of Maryland professorSteve Scolnik offers acloser look at the changes in the temperature on his blogClimate Capital, drawing on “over half a century of weather watching.” It was back in 1910 that there were record high temperatures in spring; back then, the national average temperature was 55.1 degrees. But as Scolnik’s analysis reveals, the average temperatures for March and April of this year exceed those of March and April in 1910: March 2012 was 0.5 degrees higher and April 2012, 1 degree higher.

So, says Scolnik, for spring 2012 not to break spring 1910′s record, this May would have to be 1.5 degrees cooler and the likelihood of such is “somewhere between slim and none.” Scolnik finds that, in May of 1910, most of the country’s temperatures were below average — but this year, “nearly all of the country is above average, with large areas over 2C higher.”

Yes, that is 2 degrees Celsius — this May has been a scorcher indeed. Earlier today, riding bikes in the late afternoon with our son in northern New Jersey, my husband Jim saw that one thermometer read 93 degrees and another one, 96 degrees, just about where record highs for this time of year in New Jersey indeed are.

In view of all this,The Atlantic Wire suggests the only thing to do is “buy an air conditioner because this summer is going to be brutal.”

Though for all those climate-change deniers out there: Perhaps one way to encourage them to change their minds would be to suggest they consider foregoing air conditioning units temporarily this summer or perhaps right now, in the month of May which already feels like summer.

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10:56PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

thx.

8:10PM PDT on May 31, 2012

thanks

2:43PM PDT on May 31, 2012

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8:48AM PDT on May 31, 2012

This is NOT a climate CHANGE this is a climate CYCLE! Face it we are but men not gods.

8:30AM PDT on May 31, 2012

It's already hot here (South Texas), but then, it usually is!! I do hate hot weather!!

12:21AM PDT on May 31, 2012

I certainly believe in man made climate change and perhaps the spring is the warmest ever but
here in the bay area inland locations, this spring has been overall an amazingly cool and gorgeous spring! Gotta love Cali baby!

11:44PM PDT on May 30, 2012

"Though for all those climate-change deniers out there: Perhaps one way to encourage them to change their minds would be to suggest they consider foregoing air conditioning units temporarily this summer or perhaps right now, in the month of May which already feels like summer." (article)

Well, I'm not a climate-change denier. But I also don't own an air conditioner. My apartment is already getting hot in the afternoon; I can't imagine how awful it's going to be in July or August. Last September was the hottest one I can remember in my LIFE. And this past weekend the forecast called for snow in the Maritimes of Canada; damn, I envy them.

I can remember the first year that the weather got really weird here. We had a blizzard that shut down the entire city for 3+ days... on May 29, 1986. No heat, no electricity... my family was okay because we had a gas stove and propane so we had hot food. And it *was* cold - I remember tucking myself and my cat in bed (she had all 4 feet under my chin to keep warm) and mostly sleeping the time away until we could dig ourselves out.

Nowadays, the winters are so mild, I rarely have to wear my winter coat, and didn't wear boots even once this past winter. Spring has mostly been springlike, but I'm not looking forward to summer. My comfort zone ends at 18C.

8:36PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Whether the deniers are right or not, which I doubt, we should all be doing our best to pollute less, conserve more, so we can give our children and grandchildren a decent earth.

8:07PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Thanks, Gene J., I, for one have not yet read the Hunger Games, it sounds much like Rachel Carson's, Silent Spring or my personal remembrance of Seveso, Italy, I was sent there just after the Dioxin release on July 10th, 1976. I arrived from the north, having driven through the St. Bernard Tunnel, upon arrival to Seveso, our cars windows, vents and doors were masked over, to provide evidence that we had not breached the seals.

Then we began the laborious on the spot training by the Italians, totally incomplete and completely overboard. Sorry to my Italian friends, which are many.

The American CDC should have been in change, largely due to the fact that the US had at that the time a long history handling "agents of mass destruction." Think WMD's

The days ahead will prove to be the most trying...will man or Global Climate Change (GCC) prevail? I think...GAME OVER, get up and dance like your dancing on the aft deck of the Titanic.

7:19PM PDT on May 30, 2012

It's already hot

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