40.33c/104.6f average for the entire country.
The nation has suffered a week of extreme heat; heat that has shattered record temperatures while also sparking hundreds of bushfires.
Monday was called the “hottest day on record” after the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) calculated a national average high temperature of 40.33 degrees C (104.6 degrees F), the Australian ABC News website said.
Nearing 5,000 record highs this summer. Unbelievable.
Via PBS News Hour. Follow Climate Adaptation
Over 4500 temperature records were set in the first 6 months of 2012. Widget available from PBS News Hour. By the way, they have a great tumblr.
US Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set in June 2012
According to the National Climactic Data Center, the United States saw 2,284 record breaking temperatures in June. Another 998 temperatures tied daily records.
The National Climatic Data Center contains the world’s largest active archive of weather data, and has a handy interactive map that lets you see the record highs, lows, precipitation, and snowfall for various parts of the United States. In playing around with this application, NPR noted that so far this year has been heavier on the record highs than last year; 2012 so far has seen 23,283 record highs set while by this time in 2011, 13,582 records had been set. Head over the NPR for more weather record insights.
All of which makes this guy’s forecast particularly insightful.
Bonus: the National Climatic Data Center offers its data up in tab-delimited and XML formats.
Image: The NCDC maps record breaking temperatures across the country (edit: detail, of course, sorry Alaska and Hawaii).
Great stuff, esp. if you’re into data.
Over 4,000 record temperatures just in 2012. Click through to get the widget from PBS.
Extremely Rare Warmth for the US the Past 12 Months
Each of the past 12 months from June 2011 to May 2012 ranked nationally in the warmest top third, the first such occurrence for the United States since 1895 and an extremely unusual feat.
Oklahoma and Texas have argued for years about which has the best college football team, whose oil fields produce better crude and even where the state border should be. But in a dispute that no one wants to win, Oklahoma just reclaimed a crown. After recalculating data, climatologists have declared that Oklahoma last year suffered through the hottest summer ever recorded in the United States — not Texas as initially announced last fall. In the new tally by the National Climatic Data Center, Oklahoma’s average temperature last summer was 86.9 degrees, while Texas finished at 86.7 degrees. The previous record for the hottest summer was 85.2 degrees set in 1934 — in Oklahoma. The swap became apparent after extra data trickled in from weather stations and as field reports were filed across both states.
The Spring of 2012 Is the Hottest in U.S. History
In case, you know, you haven’t been outside in the past three month, it’s about to become official: unless a freak blizzard blankets the country by Thursday, the spring of 2012 will go down as the warmest for the U.S. in 117 years of record-keeping. The National Climatic Data Center won’t release a report on the temperatures in May until sometime in June, but based on their assessment of March and April, University of Maryland professor Steve Scolnik, who blogs at Climate Capital, says that our warm May will smash the 102-year-old record.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: Dino Grandoni]
Da hale kind of attitude is “if you’re into that sort of thing”?
Join the President in protecting the planet, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Google “Obama environmental record”:
- “Climate Bill, R.I.P.” - Rolling Stone (a must read)
- “Assessing Obama’s Environmental Record” - Yale
- “Varied Views on Obama’s Environmental Record” - NYTimes’s Revkin
- “Green Groups Struggle with Obama’s Mixed Environmental Record” - HuffPo
- “Obama Increases Domestic Oil Drilling” - NYTimes
- “Under attack from the left, White House defends Obama’s environmental record” - Houston Chronicle
Let’s be clear: Obama approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline, allowed arctic oil drilling in Alaska, increased natural gas fracking, doubled-down on deepwater ocean oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, approved several foreign mining operations on public lands, ditched the UN’s climate conference, and, one of my favorites that I’ve blogged extensively about - subverted the ESA to allow hunting wolves.
Obama’s legacy on the environment will be apocalyptic.
Anchorage snowfall graphic via Anchorage Daily News
Eleven feet of snow. I didn’t know Alaska broke records this winter.
“A hailstone with the diameter of roughly that of a grapefruit that hit Oahu on March 9, 2012, has been confirmed as the largest hailstone on record for the state of Hawaii.
“The final measurement of the hailstone was 4 1/4 inches long, 2 1/4 inches tall, and 2 inches wide,” said Michael Cantin, warning coordination meteorologist at NOAA’s National Weather Service in Honolulu, which, along with NOAA’s State Climate Extremes Committee, confirmed the new state record. “According to hail report records for Hawaii kept back to 1950 the previous state record hailstone was 1 inch in diameter.”
The record-setting hailstone was dropped by a “supercell” thunderstorm on the windward side of Oahu that also produced large hail in Kaneohe and Kailua. Numerous reports of hail with diameters of 2 to 3 inches and greater were reported. The National Weather Service investigated a hailstone reportedly larger than 3 inches in diameter, which was collected by a resident in the Aikahi neighborhood of Kailua. Upon inspection, it was apparent the stone was much larger”