Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Surprise, surprise: 2006 warmest year in the US since 1895

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) preliminary forecast released in mid-December forecast 2006 as the third warmest year on record. See December 16 post  However, NOAA reported today that last year was the warmest in the contiguous United States since record keeping began 112 years ago in 1895. The record was set in part because of extremely warm December weather:  no state was colder than average and five states had record warm weather -- Minnesota, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.  The average temperature was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2.2 degrees above the average temperature recorded from 1901 to the end of 2000.  NOAA attributed the record warmth to El Nino and overall global warming, but said "It is unclear how much of the recent anomalous warmth was due to greenhouse-gas-induced warming and how much was due to the El Nino-related circulation pattern."  NOAA preliminary annual report 

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