In the spring of 2012, I attended the Hamilton Earth Hour event. The speaker spoke of how we all needed to give up flying. Needed to cut down on transportation, etc. He also stated that he was “gardening” in February and that this was going to be the hottest year on record.
Although we did have a very mild winter, it was far from gardening conditions. But this was not the last time that I would be told that 2012 would be and is the hottest year on record. Almost to the point of nauseum, news outlets and climate change alarmists alike. Where pointing to the large scale drought in North America over the summer. To high temperatures in various cities. All as direct proof that 2012 was the hottest year that man kind had seen since the began tracking the data.
But does the science back up those claims?
Climate and State High Temperature Records – Where’s the Beef?
By: Steve Goreham October 24 2012
The summer of 2012 is now over and all temperature data recorded. Guess how many states set new state high-temperature records in 2012? None! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), not one of our 50 states set a new state high temperature record in 2012 (www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/scec).
When wildfires raged through Colorado in June, Dr. Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University told Reuters, “What we’re seeing is a window into what global warming really looks like…It looks like heat, it looks like fires, it looks like this kind of environmental disaster…” Temperatures in Denver did reach 105oF in June, but this was far below the state record-high temperature of 114oF, set jointly in 1933 and 1954. Were Colorado wildfires worse in 1933 and 1954?
It was hot in Arkansas, reaching 111oF in Little Rock. But this high was well below the all-time state-high record of 120oF set in 1936. Lansing, Michigan, reached 103oF, but also fell short of the state record of 112oF set in 1936.
In fact, only one state high-temperature record has been broken in the last fifteen years, that in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota in 2006. High-temperature records for 23 of our 50 states date back to the decade of the 1930s, during worst-ever U.S. droughts in the period termed the “dust bowl.” Two-thirds of state high-temperature records were set prior to 1960, countering claims that the recent decade was “the warmest ever.”
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The Canadian climate data for 2012 has not yet been released. But the American data shows very clearly, that in the sense of setting temperature records. 2012 was anything but the hottest year on record. Not one single state record was broken. In fact the last one to be broken was nearly seven years ago in 2006.
It has not been the hottest year or decade for that matter. Please do you own research and come to your own conclusion on man made climate change. The main stream and they’re NGO friends will not only continue to push false information, they will be kicking it into high gear in the coming years.