Climate change has significantly affected the common weather patterns in recent years. Not only that, average temperatures are witnessing a mount by each passing year. Now, the U.S. government has confirmed what many had been feeling throughout 2012 – it was the hottest year on record.
Ever since the government started tracking climate data in 1895, this is the first time that average temperatures across U.S. have hiked up so much. This has been revealed by a report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
According to NOAA, the average temperature through the year 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit which is quite high compared to temperature averages in the years before. Twenty six U.S. states felt the brunt of the warm temperatures more closely when they experienced one of the ten warmest years ever during 2012.
The temperature had begun to hike above average back in June 2011 and the trend continued all the way till September 2012. As a result of the shifts in temperatures apparently, the weather patterns have also significantly altered, something which was experienced throughout the U.S.
Resulting in extreme weather, climatic changes brought hurricanes, droughts, storms as well as wildfires. The rapid shift in the weather conditions has left many experts quite baffled, who pin the blame on global warming.
According to the director of NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center, Thomas R. Karl, “That doesn’t mean every season and every year is going to be breaking all-time records. But you’re going to see this with increasing frequency.”
Courtesy: The Verge