Thursday, September 26, 2013

A record number of weather records fell in 2012

It's 2013 and most of us in North America have a sense that weather extremes have become more common. In Southern Africa and Australia the snow falls more often. Yet whatever inspiration may be found by climate change skeptics in the global warming hiatus noted by the IPCC, unabated pollution makes less sense than ever.

To help us check the facts the US Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) has put up a web page where one can enter a US zip-code and find out how many records have fallen in that area.

For example Beverly Hills 90210 : In 2011, California experienced:

    60 broken rainfall records
    15 broken heat records
    19 broken snowfall records

What about Boulder Colorado 80305? - in 2011, Colorado experienced:

    21 broken rainfall records
    11 broken heat records
    6 broken snowfall records

According to an NRDC news release, "In 2012, there were at least 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow broken by extreme weather events" in the US, surpassing 3,251 records broken in 2011.

You can get a graphic sense of this with an interactive 2012 map that even includes forest fires in the US.


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