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  (Source: tehrantimes.com)
The May 2011 to April 2012 heat wave bumped the last record-setting warm year out of the way, which was November 1999 to October 2000

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that the last 12 months have been a record-breaking time period for warm weather in the U.S.

According to the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the 12-month time period from May 2011 to April 2012 has been the warmest consecutive string of months since 1895, which is when weather records began.

Over the past year, the U.S. has had its second hottest summer, warmest March and fourth warmest winter on record. It was also discovered that April 2012 was the third warmest ever, with 332 locations in the U.S. experiencing their warmest April temperatures on record.

About 22 states in the U.S. experienced their warmest year over the last 12 months. Many of the states were in the Northeast and Upper Midwest United States.

Also, cities like Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tampa and Nashville have encountered their warmest start to the calendar year 2012. Twenty-six states east of the Rocky Mountains have recorded the beginning of 2012 as their warmest start of the year yet, with the lower 48 states experiencing temperatures about 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above average so far.

A few examples of record-breaking states include North Dakota, which has had temperatures 10.4 degrees above normal so far this year; Minnesota, with 9.6 degrees above normal; South Dakota, with 9 degrees over average; Wisconsin, with 8.6 degrees above normal, and Iowa, with 8.6 degrees over average.

According to the NOAA, the cause of the warm weather is a jet stream pattern that has locked the cold air in the high latitudes and created "heat domes" over the center of the lower 48 states. These domes have wandered east and west periodically.

The May 2011 to April 2012 heat wave bumped the last record-setting warm year out of the way, which was November 1999 to October 2000. The average temperature was 2.8 degrees F above average at that time.



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Interesting trivia...
By ppardee on 5/10/2012 4:27:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, this info has no value except as trivia. It's like stating that a world record was broken in a baseball game.

The article wasn't written to suggest that the information SHOULD be taken as anything other than trivia, but considering the recent death of the global warming theory and the author's history of writing about global warming, it is hard not to take it as an article about global warming.

If you take the facts as a whole, we can say that temperatures have gone down since 1999-2000 with the exception of this year. This kinda says we're not on a run-away heat train... That's actually a great name for a TV show. I call dibs on it!




RE: Interesting trivia...
By autoboy on 5/10/2012 4:40:07 PM , Rating: 2
I expected to see some balance with the mention of the fact that it has been a record cold year in Europe. She never mentioned Anthropogenic Global Warming in the story so at least it was an accurate piece of news and not commentary. Kudos to that.


RE: Interesting trivia...
By dgingerich on 5/10/2012 7:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's NOAA that's pushing the AGW point. I don't like any reference to the political group (NOT scientific) that is NOAA.


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