Thousands of monthly weather records were broken in communities throughout the US in 2012, as detailed in an updated interactive extreme weather mapping tool and year-end review to be released at Noon EST on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 2012 tallies reveal even more monthly weather records set than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011, with record-breaking heat, rainfall and snow events catalogued by state.
this year, the interactive map at www.nrdc.org/extremeweather will
also rank all 50 states by their percentage of weather stations reporting at
least one monthly heat record broken in 2012. The top 10 states to be
highlighted (in alphabetical order): Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maine,
Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
2012, Americans experienced several unforgettably devastating extreme events.
Climate scientists say these types of events are fueled by climate
* 2012 was the warmest year ever recorded in the US, according
to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) State of the
Climate report released last Tuesday.
* Hurricane Sandy's storm surge
height, 13.88 feet, broke the all-time record in the New York Harbor, and
ravaged communities across New Jersey and New York with floodwaters and winds.
* The summer of 2012 was the worst drought in 50 years across the
nation's breadbasket, with over 1,300 US counties across 29 states declared
drought disaster areas.
* The hottest March on record in the contiguous
US, and July was the hottest single month ever recorded in the lower 48 states.
* Wildfires burned over 9.2 million acres in the US, and destroyed
hundreds of homes.
NOAA has estimated that 2012 will surpass 2011 in
aggregate costs for U.S. annual billion-dollar disasters, in large part due to
the trails of destruction from Superstorm Sandy and the yearlong
WHEN: Noon EST on Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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