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In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record

September 11, 2012 Comments off

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(Reuters) – The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.

Each of the last 15 months has seen above-average temperatures, something that has never happened before in the 117 years of the U.S. record, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the data center.

Winter, spring and summer 2012 have all been among the top-five hottest for their respective seasons, Crouch said by telephone, and that too is unique in the U.S. record. There has never been a warmer September-through-August period than in 2011-2012, he said.

“We’re now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.,” Crouch said.

He did not specify that human-spurred climate change was the cause of the record heat. However, this kind of warmth is typical of what other climate scientists, including those at the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have suggested would be more likely in a world that is heating up due in part to human activities.

Alyson Kenward of the non-profit research and journalism organization Climate Central said in a statement, “Extreme heat is closely tied to climate change, Read more…

Heat Warnings Issues in 17 States

July 19, 2011 Comments off
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The majority of the U.S. is in for another sweat dripping next few days as this weekend’s heat wave lingers into the work week.

The heat index is as high as 126 degrees in portions of the upper Midwest. Heat warnings, watches, and advisories remain in effect for most of central U.S. Seventeen states have issued heat warnings for this week and 36 states are expected to see 90 degrees or above today.

The Midlands are expected to see heat index values between 110-115 between Thursday through Sunday of this week. Air temperatures will likely break records and by Wednesday the midlands are expected to be at or around the century high mark.

According to Accuweather, a high pressure system over the Great Plains is the cause for sizzling temperatures from Texas through the Midwest. The plains and Mississippi Valley are likely to feel the worst of the Read more…

2010 hottest year in Canada on record

January 13, 2011 Comments off
National temperatures exceeded average values by 3 C in 2010,  the warmest since record-keeping began in Canada in 1948.

National temperatures exceeded average values by 3 C in 2010, the warmest since record-keeping began in Canada in 1948.

Photograph by: Michael Aporius, Edmonton Journal

Environment Canada has quietly released its climate report for 2010, confirming that it was the hottest year on Canadian record books.

National temperatures exceeded average values by a whopping 3 C, the warmest since record-keeping began in 1948, says the report, posted on the department’s website Monday.

“All of the country was above normal, with most of Nunavut and northern Quebec at least 4 C above normal,” says the report, that highlights 2010’s northern heat wave on its map in red.

“An area over southern Alberta and Saskatchewan was the only part of Canada Read more…