2012: The Weather

January 9, 2013

Snow coming down in a back yard

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

On December 26, 2012 we ran the weather gamut-the day started out cloudy, progressed to rain, then to snow (eventually accumulating a couple of inches), followed by freezing rain mixing with the snow, and then back to all rain.  The day finally ended with clouds, which is exactly where we had started.  (The snow in the above photograph was gone by evening.)  That seems to be the definition of “coming full circle”, doesn’t it?

Except that the overall weather pattern has not  come full circle, it has continued to angle up, which brings me to the first post of the new year.  2012 was a year to remember for many different reasons, some pleasant, some decidedly unpleasant, but, for me, the overall story was the weather and the ongoing issue of climate change.

As reported by The Weather Channel, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center concluded that 2012 was the “warmest year on record for the United States”.  Indeed, according to the article:

“The average temperature for the Lower 48 States in 2012 (55.3 deg. F) bested the previous record warm year, 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit, and was 3.2 degrees F above the long-term average in the 20th century.”  (weather.com)

Outdoor thermometer reading 50 degrees on January 9, 2013.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Today, it is 50 degrees and is supposed to be warmer yet.  It is January 9. 2013.

Take care.


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