If youre 27 or younger, youve never experienced a colder-than-average month
by Malo Herry
November 19, 2012
Originally posted to Grist. ByPhilip Bump.
This image sums up 2012, temperature-wise.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationsummarizes October 2012:
The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63C (58.23F). This is 0.63C (1.13F) above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record. The record warmest October occurred in 2003 and the record coldest October occurred in 1912.This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature.
Emphasis added. If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average. Thats beyond astonishing.
The year has also been remarkably dry, particularly in the United States.
[S]hockingly, Sandy is probably not even the deadliest or most expensive weather disaster this year in the United States Sandys damages of perhaps $50 billion will likely be overshadowed by the huge costs of the great drought of 2012. While it will be several months before the costs of Americas worst drought since 1954 are known, the 2012 drought is expected to cut Americas GDP by 0.5 1 percentage points, said Deutsche Bank Securities this week.
While Sandys death toll of 113 in the U.S. is the second highest death toll from a U.S. hurricane since 1972, it is likely to be exceeded by the death toll from the heat waves that accompanied this years drought. The heat waves associated with the U.S. droughts of 1980 and 1988 had death tolls of 10,000 and 7,500 respectively, according to NOAAs National Climatic Data Center, and the heat wave associated with the $12 billion 2011 Texas drought killed 95 Americans.
Theres not much else to say. At this point, were just doctors taking a fading pulse. Or, I suppose, tracking a rising fever.
Philip Bump writes about the news for Gristmill. He alsouses Twittera whole lot.