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After Warmest 12-Months On Record, U.S. Poised To See Warmest Year Ever In 2012

NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reports today that this January to August is the warmest year-to-date on record for the contiguous United States. As Climate Central shows in this chart, the U.S. will easily beat the previous record warm year, 1998 ? unless the rest of the year is unusually cold:
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reports today that this January to August is the warmest year-to-date on record for the contiguous United States. As Climate Central shows in this chart, the U.S. will easily beat the previous record warm year, 1998 ? unless the rest of the year is unusually cold:

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Climate Central notes "according to The Weather Channel, taking only the years since World War II, the odds of not surpassing the warmest year are just 7 percent." But that estimate, of course, downplays the effect on the odds of the recent manmade warming. Finally, January through December is a somewhat arbitrary demarcation. We already blew past the record for warmest 12-months period in August, as NCDC shows in this chart:

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Of course, if we keep doing nothing about human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, these records will be broken on an increasingly frequent basis ? see Our hellish future: Definitive NOAA-led report on U.S. climate impacts warns of scorching 9 to 11?F warming over most of inland U.S. by 2090 with Kansas above 90?F some 120 days a year ? and that isn't the worst case, it's business as usual!
And for those who actually care about future generations, there is every reason to believe that the Earth would just keep getting hotter and hotter