Spring in U.S. was Warmest Ever
temperatures were higher by 5.2 degrees
If you slipped into short-sleeved shirts and left your sweaters
hanging in the hall the past couple of months, it wasn't just you -
this past spring was the warmest yet recorded in the United States.
Scientists say that spring was 5.2 degrees warmer than average, the
largest temperature variance for any season on record.
While alarmists may be quick to tie the warmer
temperatures to manmade emissions and climate change, but NOAA
emphasizes in its reports and statements that weather is influenced
by other, natural factors as well.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic
Online): Jake Crouch, who prepares the monthly climate reports
for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told
msnbc.com. "The fact that the U.S. has been in a warm pattern
for several months is continuing to be the big story.
"Two things really jump out at me" he says. Temperatures through
June 2011 through May 2012 "broke the record for warmest
consecutive 12 months, which we just broke last month."
For the first time in the 117 years of record keeping, each of
the last 12 months ranked in the top third of the historical
"If we assume that each month has an equal chance of having
temperatures in the top third," Crouch said, "the odds of this
happening are one in 531,441."
For the months of March, April, and May, "all ranked as top-ten
warm" -- also the first time that's happened.
Overall, spring averaged 57.1 degrees -- 2 degrees above the
previous record set in 1910 and 5.2 degrees above the 1901-2000
average for spring.
Summer, autumn and winter were all above average: 2.4 degrees
last summer, 1.3 degrees in fall, and 3.9 degrees in winter.
"We don't have enough data yet to fully understand how the
recent warm seasons will fit into the longer term trend," Crouch
added, "but that is something we will continue to monitor as we
move into the summer."
While alarmists may be quick to tie the warmer temperatures to
manmade emissions and climate change, but NOAA emphasizes in its
reports and statements that weather is influenced by other,
natural factors as well. The agency notes that the warm pattern
is indicative of what one would expect with climate change.