Alex Meredith

With royal pageantry and Olympic triumph it was difficult to find a dry eye in the UK in 2012.  More difficult still was locating a dry seat.   2012 was the second wettest on record in the UK, another statistic to add to the mounting piles of data pointing to changes in our climatic patterns.

Nowhere have those changes been more apparent than in the United States.  The latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the 48 states in the US between Mexico and Canada.

The report states: “2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn.”

The report goes further to state that 2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes…

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