There’s no doubt that we’re seeing dramatic change in climate in a relatively short time and also an apparently related rise in extreme climatic events and extreme weather – Hurricane / TS Sandy is but one reminder of this unfortunately. Recently, the USGS reported on some amazing Jan-Sept 2012 climatic events along with some alarming research and accompanying figures.
An infographic and some of the numbers are offered below:
- The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for September 2012 tied with 2005 as the warmest September on record, at 0.67°C (1.21°F) above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F). Records began in 1880.
- The globally-averaged land surface temperature for September 2012 was the third warmest September on record, at 1.02°C (1.84°F) above average. The globally-averaged ocean surface temperature tied with 1997 as the second warmest September on record, at 0.54°C (0.97°F) above average.
- The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January–September 2012 was the eighth warmest such period on record, at 0.57°C (1.03°F) above the 20th century average.