I'm Aaron, an environmental geology major from Houston. I do research in planetary geology and in my spare time I study sustainable development.
For fun, I dabble a bit in fiction writing, video game editing, multimedia programs, and following science news.
I love science because it provides me with a sense of wonder towards the world around me...it makes me feel alive!
This should be a warning siren to the Western World: a warning that Climate Change is not some future event that was predicted decades ago…Climate Change is a present-day catastrophe that is starting to gradually unfold across the world, just as predicted decades ago by much-maligned scientists.
We need a series of radical and bold actions from our world’s governments right now to start cutting carbon emissions, restoring ecosystems, investing in carbon capture technologies, and rolling out adaptation programs for those areas already being severely affected (and for those areas that will soon be severely affected). Coastal communities, low-lying islands, and peoples who depend on now-depleted resources like fisheries are among the first waves of victims. Large numbers of wildlife that are going extinct right now are the silent victims.
US Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set in June 2012
According to the National Climactic Data Center, the United States saw 2,284 record breaking temperatures in June. Another 998 temperatures tied daily records.
The National Climatic Data Center contains the world’s largest active archive of weather data, and has a handy interactive map that lets you see the record highs, lows, precipitation, and snowfall for various parts of the United States. In playing around with this application, NPR noted that so far this year has been heavier on the record highs than last year; 2012 so far has seen 23,283 record highs set while by this time in 2011, 13,582 records had been set. Head over the NPR for more weather record insights.
All of which makes this guy’s forecast particularly insightful.
Bonus: the National Climatic Data Center offers its data up in tab-delimited and XML formats.
Image: The NCDC maps record breaking temperatures across the country (edit: detail, of course, sorry Alaska and Hawaii).
Great stuff, esp. if you’re into data.