The average annual temperature for the contiguous U.S. will likely be the third warmest on record in 2006, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The year is noted for widespread drought and record wildfires, as well as heavy precipitation and flooding in some parts of the country. Following the warmest year on record for the globe in 2005, the annual global temperature for 2006 is expected to be sixth warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880.
This was the warmest January on record and an especially warm winter overall — more evidence that we will be seeing fewer and fewer White Christmases.
Yet, much of the mainstream media does not consider any of this newsworthy. See if you can find any mention of these records in your local paper tomorrow. Let Climate Progress know — we certainly want to give credit to those reporters who do cover this subject.