Recording-Breaking 2012 Second Costliest Weather Year, And Fits Climate Change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data indicating that 2012 will be the second costliest year for US weather and climate disasters on record, outranked only by 2005, when four hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina, lashed the US, noted Andrew Freedman at Climate Central.  In 2012 many of the warnings scientists have made about global warming went from dry studies in scientific journals to real-life played before our eyes, reported Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press: Record melting of Arctic ice, intense heat waves, Widespread drought, Flooding, Storm surge inundating swaths of New York City. All of that was predicted years ago by climate scientists and all of that happened in 2012. “What was predicted was there would be more of these things,” said Michel Jarraud, secretary general for the World Meteorological Organization. Globally, five countries this year set heat records, but none set cold records. Besides 2012  likely being the US hottest year on record, it will probably be the eighth warmest globally since records began in 1880. Over the year, more than 69,000 local heat records were set. And it will get worse as climate change continues.

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 NOAA: 2012 to rank as second costliest year since 1980. During 2012, there were 11 extreme weather and climate events in the U.S. that reached the billion dollar threshold in losses, according to figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday. Climate Central

 2012 another record-setter, fits climate forecasts. As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy. This past year’s weather was deadly, costly and record-breaking everywhere — but especially in the US. Associated Press

About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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