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Spring of 2012 Warmest on Record

Spring of 2012 Warmest on Record

It is official: This year’s spring was the warmest on record and this May was the second warmest, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center. NOAA scientists found that the average temperature — 64.3 degrees F – for the contiguous US during May was 3.3 degrees higher than the long-term average. All told, the data reveal that, so far, 2012 has been the warmest year-to-date since recordkeeping began in 1895.

In addition, while rainfall totals varied across the nation in May, the US was drier than average as a whole. The nationally averaged precipitation total was 2.51 inches, which is 0.36 inches below average and 37.4 percent of the contiguous US is experiencing drought conditions. The Southwest in particular has been stricken by drought, alleviated somewhat by Storm Beryl, which made landfall near Jacksonville, Fla., on May 28.

A few more facts about how much hotter it is getting:

Overall, 26 states had May temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. Only the Northwest did not see warmer-than-average temperatures; only Oregon and Washington had temperatures that were normal.

31 states experienced record warmth for the season.

The drought and windy created ideal wildfire conditions in the Southwest. Over 210,000 acres of the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico are already charred.

However, some states experienced wetter-than-average temperatures: Oregon experienced record wet and Minnesota and Washington had the third wettest seasons on record.

The June 2011-May 2012 period has been the warmest twelve-month period for any twelve-month period in the contiguous US. In that period, the second warmest summer has occurred as well as the fourth warmest winter and, yes, the warmest spring on record.

 

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Photo of wildfire in Gila National Forest on June 6, 2012, by Gila Forest

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10:02AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Let me get this straight you all think forest fires are an indices of Man Made Global Warming. I say you are 100% WRONG it has to do with man's mismanagement of forest throughout the world. Please do your scholarly best to research this. I bet none will because you where never told how to do research. You just sit and listen and refuse to research if you are being told the truth or propaganda.

9:53AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Rosemary L Wild animals are not that stupid and do not get immolated. They simply move away no stampedes. If care to take up my challenge of how forest fires are good. Chances are if you are a liberal arts major you won't. In the Yellowstone fire very few wild animals succumbed to the fire. You can even see bison foraging 20 meters away from the flames.

9:49AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Rosemary L Forest fires in New Mexico are natures way of thinning out the forest. The reason why you freaked out over the fires is of your ignorance. We have been over managing forest that they should be set a fire every 10 to 15 years and not wait over 20 for mother nature to do her work. New Mexico caved in to Greenpeace and stopped doing controlled burns. If you don't believe me read about what we learned after the Yellowstone fire of the late 80s you know 70% of the park burnt.

9:34AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Spring of 2012 was the coolest on record in Southern California and the Summer never warmed up until August. It may have been hot where you lived in the Spring but it was far from out in LA.

9:24AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

So answer me this what is wrong with the Earth returning to it's temperatures of the past? It was warmer over a 1,000 years ago. Mayans where flourishing the Vikings the largest maritime trading empire. The cross roads at Timbutu was a rich North African trading center. All of them dissapeared a 1000 years ago when the Earth's climate cooled.

9:20AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Carolyn P. I believe what you are referring to is the Earth's Axial Precession. That cycle last for around 26,000 years. Preciession is what a top does when it starts to loose angular momentum or in the Earth's case rotational momentum. I know of no Sun or Earth cycle that fits what you have been informed of. There is the Solar Cycle which is around 11 years. Please refer me to your source.

8:44AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

On the warming issue why is everyone forgetting about how warm is was between 1000 years ago CE and 6,000 BCE? The average Earth Temp from the 10 century to the present was cooler.

5:14AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

The earth is a living thing, a world of life and all humans can think of is money and how much they can make exploiting it. Sustainability was never an issue, it is take, take, take, never giving back. The human species suffers from several behavior malfunctions the worst is Greed, next there is Selfishness, Self-Centerdness, we never take into consideration others or the planet it's all about ourselves. As for it's human nature that's a crock, one thing the human being does well is come up with excuses to avoid the truth ie: blames the sun or the moon or anything that takes the blame from itself. Now, they will stoop so low as to silence scientific facts. Is there no end to the criminality that politicians will go to so that they can keep the status quo. I believe that since we cannot learn, then we deserve what is coming our way, and Greed is what will be our downfall we learned nothing from the past so we are doomed to repeat it.

4:47AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

My question is why do we keep adding to the population, when most people know that the future looks this bleak I say most, because, there are those that can't remove their head from their rectum to notice. It is time to face reality the people who can make a difference know about climate change, but refuse to do anything about it because their afraid that the greed festival would stop. If you think about it they should be charged with Murder of the planet and it's inhabitants, because, they are not ever going to change from the status quo OIL!

11:59PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

The world needs to move away from fossil fuels. Climate change is serious and very concerning.

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