Tag Archives: 2012

2012: Another Year of Extremes

For this EarthNow entry, we thought it would be nice to do a global review of 2012, with regards to major weather and earth science events, as well as some important climate measurements. The bullet points below will simply tell you about how the dataset works. Below the bullet points, you will find more information regarding the events. For even more information, we have provided links for some of the events, as well. Enjoy! Continue reading

Category: Annual Review
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2012 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

Last month, we showed how the Arctic sea ice reached a record low on August 26th. However, the minimum each year actually occurs in September and so we wanted to provide you with an update on the official 2012 minimum. Continue reading

Category: Climate
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Winter? Winter? Winter? Anyone seen Winter?

As we begin February, the northern hemisphere winter has been unseasonably warm and not snowy for much of the United States and parts of Western Europe. Chicago, for example, had its warmest January in about eighty years. While Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day (2 February), indicating six more weeks of winter, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) suggests continued above normal temperatures for much of the U.S. over the next three months. For this EarthNow entry, we’re taking a look at snow and ice cover for January 2012 and how that compares with January 2012. Further, we’ll investigate how the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) may have a role in the not so winter-like conditions. Continue reading

Category: Earth Systems
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