Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015: A Year of Record-Breaking Extreme Weather

[New Republic] The “State of the Climate,” released annually by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that 2014 was a record year for extreme weather: the "warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880." In other words, it was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth. This year is shaping up to be no different, as 2015 has seen record-breaking heat, cold, precipitation, and drought. Here's a running list of this year's frightening new milestones. 
January
Globally, January was the second warmest on record, and the sea ice cover in the Arctic was at its third smallest.  
February
Boston endured 64.8 inches of snow, the snowiest month in the city's history. The last of the snow didn't melt until July. 
March
New York and Vermont experienced record cold temperatures for the first three months of the year, beating records set almost a century ago.
April
California snowpack shrunk to record low levels, as a result of drought and warmer winter temperatures.
South Dakota had its driest January to April ever, reaching a mere 42 percent of its average precipitation for early spring. 
May
Alaska had its warmest May on record.
Florida had its hottest March to May ever.
Tropical Storm Ana, when it made landfall in South Carolina, became the second-earliest tropical cyclone to hit the U.S. in recorded history.
Oklahoma and Texas had their wettest month of any month on record, with widespread flooding across the region. Read More