Weather insanity: 2012 hottest year on record

Last year record high temperatures were set in a number of locations around the world, so it’s not terribly surprising that the US set a new weather record. We are now seeing the storms that Al Gore talked about years ago, and yet we still have a political party that finds climate change a big joke.

Adding to the problem is a president (who has never been very green) who is reportedly assembling a second term team that will help “manage” the fracking boom in the US. This hardly gives one much confidence about a greener second term.

Inaction is no longer an option, but inaction is what Washington seems to prefer.

Bloomberg:

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Last year was the warmest on records going back to 1895 for the 48 contiguous U.S. states and the second-worst for weather extremes including drought, hurricanes and wildfires, according to a U.S. report.

The average temperature in the region in 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit (12.9 Celsius), 3.2 degrees higher than the average for the 20th century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climatic Data Center said today in an analysis of the year.

U.S. Climate Extremes Index, which takes into account temperatures as well as tropical storms and drought, showed 2012 followed 1998 into the record books for extreme weather with almost twice the average value, the center said. Eleven disasters caused at least $1 billion in damage, including hurricanes Isaac in August and Sandy in October.


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  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    It rained all day in Minneapolis. That’s just not right. Most of this week was so warm that I couldn’t wear my winter coat. My fall coat was fine.

  • Badgerite

    I live in Wisconsin. It is January 10th and IT’S RAINING. Nothing unusual about that!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Do you write for Saturday Nite Live? Or, hang out on a street corner with a dread sign? Let’s join forces and take out salvage rights on precious metals when the Rapture comes. —-just lightening the trend….no offense. Those who are truly informed are extremely alarmed and rightly so.

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    Not only is our climate changing, but the US is counting on it… not doing anything to stop it. Once the Arctic ice melts, the US wants to control all of those new resources that they’ll be able to drill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zachary.smith.3914207 Zachary Smith

    1. Climate change isn’t happening
    Scientists can’t be trusted. They’ve been caught lying with the email scandal, and most of them are Godless atheists anyhow.

    2. Climate change is happening, but it’s part of the Earth’s natural cycles.

    Besides being dishonest, the godless scientists are so blinded by their lust for Free Government Money they can waste that they overlook the obvious: THE EARTH IS STILL COMING OUT OF AN ICE AGE!.
    And as stout-hearted people (who DO understand environmental science) know very well, they’re also so stupid they can’t even put their thermometers in places where they belong. In their ignorance and arrogance they forgot that paved parking lots are hotter than grassy pastures. Hello!

    3. Climate change is happening, it may well be due to human activity, but it’s generally beneficial.

    The dummies with the Ph.Ds forget what we all learned in grade school – that plants like CO2. Our world is full of hungry mouths, and the enviro-terrorists want to starve the babies they don’t abort by cutting off their food supply. Straight-thinking folks everywhere rejoice with advertisements by the people who really care telling the Truth. People like the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

    Example: “A little girl blows away dandelion fluff as an announcer says, “Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution; we call it life,” in an advertisement targeting global warming “alarmists,” especially Al Gore.”

    Yes, the more carbon dioxide there is, the happier and better fed we’ll all be!

    4. Climate change is happening, it’s probably due to human activity, but it’s not going to be as bad as the computer models suggest.

    Hey, we’ll adapt. We’ll get some Good Scientists to make us some frankenfoods that’ll grow just fine when the time comes that winters seldom see freezing weather and rains hardly ever fall in the summer. Has anybody suggested crossing cactus with corn? Considering there won’t be much of a demand in the future for wool, breed some “naked” sheep. It stands to reason they’ll do lots better than their cousins with a heavy fleece overcoat. And think of the investment possibilities in the Utility Industries. Air conditioning year round! I only mowed my lawn a couple of times last year – the rest of the time it was a beautiful brown and it made a delightful ‘crunching’ sound when I walked on it. A lawn mower can last a lifetime with limited use like that!

    5. Climate change is happening, it is caused by human activity, it’s a really bad thing, but there’s very little we can do about it and there are lots of other bad things we should attack first.

    Times are bad, but why waste good money for something which is no longer fixable? Let’s concentrate on the things we can solve. For example, there aren’t enough guns in the US to protect our people from the countries in the blazing Central American regions (and some South-west US areas) who will be desperate to leave the hellholes forming in those places. Besides, the Canadians might try to resist when the US decides to ‘migrate’ further north. And paraphrasing the Great Texan Tom DeLay – Nothing is more important in the face of Climate Change than cutting taxes. We’ve just got to keep our priorities straight!

    Matters have gotten out of hand because Government Scientists didn’t tell us about the terrible problems which were coming. They took our money and didn’t warn us!!!!

    Can’t happen? How many Germans admitted to worshiping Hitler as a savior – after WW2 was over? How many bushbots have you run into lately who bragged about his Sausage Strut across the deck of the USS Lincoln which conclusively proved the dirty hippies were all totally wrong about Iraq?

    Oh, there will be variations on those Stages of Denial. (also more stages – count on it) And different strategies to handle the dirty hippies. James Watt had a solution which he said right out loud: “If the troubles from environmentalists cannot be solved in the jury box or at the ballot box, perhaps the cartridge box should be used.”

    Kill the dirty ******* hippies with your trusty rapid-firing .40 caliber Enviro-Terrorist Whacker. And the goons with guns just might be allowed to do it. Lower taxes, more guns, fewer dirty hippies. What’s not to like?

    This theological underpinnings for such an enterprise have already been laid by one of the deep thinkers of the gun nut party. “God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.”

    The Texas Torturer wasted 8 years. The Nobel Peace Laureate tossed away another 4, and all the signs are that it’s “pedal-to-the-metal” in the final 4 with his Imperial Foreign Oil Grab and All-American Fracking. Another 4 years gone. Finally, at this particular instant I’d give 4-1 odds on a Republican landslide in 2016.

    Conclusion: your young kids and grandkids aren’t going to die of old age. I don’t like it, but that’s the way it looks from here. I’ll admit I don’t yet have a strategy for breaking the news to them…..

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