Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch, National Climatic Data Center
After 16 consecutive months with warmer-than-normal conditions, the U.S. is headed for its warmest year on record.
In summer of 2012, warm and dry climate climate conditions combined with weather to spark one of the West's largest wildfire seasons yet.
Imagine heat waves like the one last July coming more often & lasting longer: that’s the projection from climate models for the middle of this century based on one future emissions path.
July 2012 wasn’t just the hottest July on record, it was the hottest month ever recorded for the contiguous United States since records began in 1895.
In early July 2012, conditions throughout most of the contiguous 48 states ranged from abnormally dry to exceptional drought.
Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center talks about the unusual heat in May 2012.
NCDC climate scientist Deke Arndt talks about the record March heat and the cumulative effect of a warm fall, winter, and early spring on “heating degree days”—an estimate of the energy demand during the U.S. cold season.