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2016 Was Second Hottest Year For US In More Than 120 Years of Record Keeping (climatecentral.org) 436

Last year was the second hottest year for the United States in more than 120 years of record keeping, according to the National Climatic Data Center, marking 20 above-average years in a row. While Georgia and Alaska recorded their hottest year, every state had a temperature ranking at least in the top seven. Climate Central reports: The announcement comes a week before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released the U.S. data, and NASA are expected to announce that 2016 set the record for the hottest year globally. Both the global record and the U.S. near-record are largely attributable to greenhouse gas-driven warming of the planet. In addition to the pervasive warmth over the last year, the U.S. also had to deal with 15 weather and climate disasters that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. Together, they totaled more than $46 billion in losses and included several disastrous rain-driven flooding events. These events, along with continued drought, lay bare the challenge for the country to learn how to cope with and prepare for a changing climate, said Deke Arndt, the climate monitoring chief of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. The temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 2.9 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average for 2016, displacing 2015 and ranking only behind 2012, when searing heat waves hit the middle of the country. More notable than the back-to-back second place years, Arndt said, was that 2016 was the 20th consecutive warmer-than-normal year for the U.S. and that the five hottest years for the country have all happened since 1998. Those streaks mirror global trends, with 15 of the 16 hottest years on record occurring in the 21st century and no record cold year globally since 1911.

2016 Was Second Hottest Year For US In More Than 120 Years of Record Keeping

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  • It's absurd to say that ALL of the weather disasters we encountered are attributable to global warming. You could just as easily say that GW has prevented several massive weather disasters we will never know about...

    Weather changes, sometimes to extremes. Over time there will be massive droughts and floods and hurricanes and all other things, just as there have been through the entire history of Earth. So stop with the nonsense of trying to tie all that to GW because it just makes you all look like a bunc

    • by arth1 ( 260657 ) on Monday January 09, 2017 @11:14PM (#53639375) Homepage Journal

      It's absurd to say that ALL of the weather disasters we encountered are attributable to global warming.

      No one says that. Scientists say that climate change is a significant contributing factor.

      Weather changes, sometimes to extremes. Over time there will be massive droughts and floods and hurricanes and all other things, just as there have been through the entire history of Earth. So stop with the nonsense of trying to tie all that to GW because it just makes you all look like a bunch of panicked idiots.

      That's the same argumentation people used for cigarettes not causing cancer. Yes, cancer occurs even among non-smokers. And no, you cannot point to any individual cancer case and say with certainty that it was caused by smoking. But the statistics are overwhelmingly showing that smoking causes cancer, and even the most die-hard smokers or tobacco manufacturers have long since given up this kind of "reasoning". When pitched against statistics and hard math, it doesn't hold up.

      One of us is an idiot, yes. I don't think you have the mental capacity to determine which of us it is.

    • Ok, if I agree not every disaster is a direct result of Athtoprogenic Global Warming (AGW), can you agree that there are a series of trends that point towards increased extreme meteorological events. And that those events are most simply explain by the increase in CO2? For example, take a look at the number of record highs versus the number of record lows. Or alternately, take a look at the trend of pH in the oceans. You can also look at other events such as the northward movememt of the centers of Bermuda and Pacific High pressures. Sure, it's *possible* that each of these examples (and dozens of others that are beyond the scope of this post), but the hypotheses that have best withstood testing remain the ones that include AGW and various GHG. If you think they are wrong, I'm sure there are plenty of corporations that would pay really really good money for a hypothesis that works to explain the events without changes im GHG as a factor.
    • "You could just as easily say that GW has prevented several massive weather disasters we will never know about." If that is your argument then I applaud your candor. At least we've moved from denial to salesmanship.

      One problem with this sales pitch is that our sense of the norm is based on how things have been in recorded history. We need to remind people that permafrost is not actually permanent (false advertising--SAD); that coral reefs are really just layers upon layers of skeletons (gross--NOT NEAR MY

    • by gtall ( 79522 )

      Whatever. Let's check in with the fish. They've been leaving the coastal areas on the Eastern Seaboard for points north and west towards cooler water. Fishing management rules haven't been keeping up so seamen further down the Eastern Seaboard find they can no longer catch fish unless they go great distances.

      Fish get to vote. They are smarter than you.

  • Obligatory (Score:2, Funny)

    by elrous0 ( 869638 )

    We're all gonna die!!!!!

  • What with Meryl Streep and all at the Golden Globes. The only year that I can remember that was hotter was Madonna at the 1992 MTV Music Awards.

  • error bars (Score:2, Insightful)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 )
    It would be more convincing if they had error bars on those numbers.
  • Comment count (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Count of all top level comments taken from page as I loaded it.

    People objecting with the first argument they could think of, regardless of validity: 10
    Nuts blaming everything on The Conspiracy: 4
    Global warming alarmist copypasta: 2
    Worthless spam: 7
    People discussing the article: 4

    Global warming news sure brings out the crazies.

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2017 @05:21AM (#53640349)

    And I mean the whole climate debate.

    There's a river running through the town I live in. For centuries, the river banks have been devoid of settlements. Why? Because the river has that nasty tendency to rise past its bed every now and then. Doesn't happen often, only every, say, 30 years or so. The periods are apparently long enough, though, that people don't remember it. And hence people did build houses right inside that flooding zone. Some older people have been warning them, telling them that it's not a good idea and that they're going to regret it. They have been rebuffed, damn luddites, we have the technology to tame the river, no problem there, put it in a fast moving bed and let the flood go downstream.

    Guess what: They did the same upstream.

    Now, last year it was 30ish years since the last flood and now a few people have a new swimming pool in their basement. And instead of now going "Fuck, we should've known better" the same people that ridiculed those that told them that this is going to happen are now lamenting that nobody could foresee that and how they now want to get disaster aid.

    And I have a hunch that exactly the same is going to happen when disaster strikes those that now ignore any warnings, build at the beach front and then suddenly stand in 20 feet of water. Then suddenly they'll lament and complain how nobody could have foreseen that and then those that told them for ages are suddenly expected to aid them.

    And it will be my pleasure to just shoot to kill when they try to climb my hill to get out of the water.

  • by Fragnet ( 4224287 ) on Tuesday January 10, 2017 @06:25AM (#53640505)
    There was a statistically insignificant difference between 2016 and 1998 (0.02C). Both of these years were very strong El Nino years, fyi. In other words, after 18 years of "global warming" the El Nino years have the same temperature.

    Please can we stop the tsunami of bollocks about global warming? It's fucking tiresome.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Uberbah ( 647458 )

      There was a statistically insignificant difference between 2016 and 1998 (0.02C).

      You mean the two hottest years on record - like saying there's a statistically insignificant difference in pain the two times in your life you got kicked in the balls.

      Please can we stop the tsunami of bollocks about global warming? It's fucking tiresome.

      Have you gone back to giving kids cigarettes and lead painted toys for Christmas? If not, why not?

      I'm with Freeman Dyson on this. It's probably warmed a bit and the consequenc

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