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Latest Extreme Weather News:

Brace yourself for more weird and wild weather, because 2012 may well outdo 2011 when it comes to shattering extreme weather records. This spring's prolonged heat wave gave us the hottest March since record-keeping began back in 1895 -- an astounding 671 records were broken, according to the National Weather Service. And April 2012 marked the end of the warmest 12-month stretch ever in the US. Scientists tell us that our warming climate is causing more of these extreme weather events, and warn that if we don't seek solutions to climate change, it could get much, much worse.

This endless cycle of wildfires, droughts, rainstorms and floods leaves a trail of death, injury and destruction that hurts communities, damages our health and undermines our economy. Extreme weather events cost us billions in property damages each year. And when you factor in health-related costs, the total tally increases by billions more. As temperatures continue to climb, these figures could rise, too.

2011's severe weather events struck communities all over the US, breaking 3,251 monthly weather records. If carbon pollution continues at current levels, we could be facing hot days that occur ten times more often than they do now in most regions of the world; heavier rainfall leading to dangerous flooding; and wind storms of increased intensity. And when the weather goes wild, people can get hurt.

We can take two steps right now to protect our families and future generations:

Methods: The data used to develop the online tool comes from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NOAA-NCDC) for 2012 US weather data. "Record-breaking" is defined as exceeding the monthly maximum for each event type over the past 30 years. Specifically:

  • Record Heat means that the monthly highest maximum temperature, the monthly highest minimum temperature, or both exceeded the previous records set at the meteorological station.
  • Record Rainfall means that the monthly highest rainfall amount exceeds the previous record at the meteorological station.
  • Record Snowfall means that the monthly highest snowfall amount exceeds the previous record at the meteorological station.
  • NRDC will update this Ticker at least once a month through 2012, so be sure to check back often for updates.

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