Chris Morgan's Wildnotes

2012 One of 10 Warmest Years on Record

Another reason to write off 2012. Last year was one of the 10 warmest years on record, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. While the past 150 years have seen average temperatures rise 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 9 of the 10 hottest years on record have been since the 1990s—with 2012 ranking somewhere around 8 or 9. Arctic sea ice reached record lows during the summer, while 97 percent of all of Greenland ice melted in the winter—far more than average. Of particular importance in the NOAA report was the rise in ocean heat storage, which reached record levels in 2012. The surface temperature of the oceans was among the 11 warmest on record, and sea levels also reached a record high.

[From the LA Times.]

Read it at Los Angeles Times:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-noaa-heat-20130807,0,2695081.story?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

PS This image is from my recent live show courtesy of NASA. Last year was the lowest ever recorded minimal sea ice extent in the Arctic. Quite surreal that we were there filming polar bears for BEARTREK when this image was taken.

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