State of the Climate 2012

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States

Warmest January to September on record

NOAA's October State of the Climate update shows January through September 2012 the warmest first nine months of any year on record.

Arctic sea ice at record seasonal low

The extent of arctic sea ice is at the lowest seasonal minimum in the satellite record since 1979 according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Third hottest summer since 1895

Summer 2012 significant temperature recordings and events from NOAA's "State of the Climate" page

Cheer up. We may die

“The globe experienced its eighth warmest October since record keeping began in 1880,” reported the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today. “Arctic sea ice extent was the second smallest extent on record for October at 23.5 percent below average. Additionally, La Niña conditions strengthened during October 2011. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter.” To keep reading, click here.

For those of you who missed Bettina Boxall’s characteristically vivid reporting for the Los Angeles Times on the seldom noted dark twin of Southern California water consumption — the vast energy suck required to pump water here from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — click here.

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