Climate change increases the risk of many types of record-breaking extreme weather events that threaten communities across the country. In 2012, there were 3,527 monthly weather records broken for heat, rain, and snow in the US, according to information from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).1 That’s even more than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011—and some of the newly-broken records had stood for 30 years or more.
- More than 3,500 U.S. Weather Records Smashed in 2012 (scientificamerican.com)
- Wisconsin ranked second in heat records set in 2012 (lacrossetribune.com)
- 2012 Shatters the US Temperature Record. Fox, Watts, and Spencer Respond by Denying Reality (skepticalscience.com)
- Pennsylvania has climate change to thank for extreme weather in 2012, according to advocacy group (pennlive.com)