Warmth Records Set as Hottest Year Comes to Close

December 2, 2016



Among the cities setting records, Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis and even Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, crushed their previous fall records from 1931 – a Dust Bowl year.

Salt Lake City set a record warm fall for the second year in a row. The top three warmest falls in that city have now occurred in the last five years.

Despite colder weather in November, America’s northernmost town, Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow), about 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, also had their record warmest fall.

One of America’s southernmost cities, Brownsville, Texas, also easily soared past their previous record warmest fall from 2004.

Three prominent heat waves contributed to this record-setting fall.

An early-September heat wave sent temperatures soaring well into the 90s in the Northeast. Philadelphia set an all-time September hottest daily low temperature on Sept. 9, only dropping to 80 degrees.

Then, a mid-October heat wave made it feel more like August in a broad swath of the East, South and Plains. With a high of 101 degrees on Oct. 17, Dodge City, Kansas, smashed its previous record latest-in-season 100-degree high by over three weeks.

Finally, a late October into early November warm spell put an exclamation point on the warm fall. Over a dozen larger cities tied or set all-time November record highs. Louisville, Kentucky, did it two days in a row, reaching 85 degrees both on Nov. 1 and 2.

When looking at monthly records tied or set, that ratio was just shy of 47 warm records for every cold record.




6 Responses to “Warmth Records Set as Hottest Year Comes to Close”

  1. […] Source: Warmth Records Set as Hottest Year Comes to Close | Climate Denial Crock of the Week […]

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    A 47 to 1 ratio?

    The deniers can’t keep on denying forever, or can they?. Add the increase in “crazy weather” to these temp records. Wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN, tornadoes across the south, droughts large and small in the SE, NE, and Mid-Atlantic. Must the SHTF everywhere every day before anyone notices?

  3. Gingerbaker Says:

    “The deniers can’t keep on denying forever, or can they?”

    Yes, yes they can.

    And they will, most of them. Forever. That is what denial means.

    They have cognitive problems. They are the left side of the intelligence bell curve. They are the dead weight of humanity, the practical personification of evil writ small when appreciated in hindsight.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Emphasis on EVIL—-Wetiko rules! This is one of the best essays you will ever read on understanding mankind’s “place” in the world—–and why I keep saying the human species is “unworthy” of survival. (aand perhaps why jumbills can’t hear me?). Some excerpts”


      “What if we told you that humanity is being driven to the brink of extinction by an illness? That all the poverty, the climate devastation, the perpetual war, and consumption fetishism we see all around us have roots in a mass psychological infection? What if we went on to say that this infection is not just highly communicable but also self-replicating, according to the laws of cultural evolution, and that it remains so clandestine in our psyches that most hosts will, as a condition of their infected state, vehemently deny that they are infected? What if we then told you that this ‘mind virus’ can be described as a form of cannibalism. Yes, cannibalism. Not necessarily in the literal flesh-eating sense but rather the idea of consuming others—human and non-human—as a means of securing personal wealth and supremacy”.

      “Wetiko short-circuits the individual’s ability to see itself as an enmeshed and interdependent part of a balanced environment and raises the self-serving ego to supremacy. It is this false separation of self from nature that makes this cannibalism, rather than simple murder. It allows—indeed commands—the infected entity to consume far more than it needs in a blind, murderous daze of self-aggrandizement”.

      “When Western anthropologists first started to study wetiko, they believed it to be only a disease of the individual and a literal form of flesh-eating cannibalism. On both counts, as discussed, their understanding was, if not wrong, certainly limited. They did, however, accurately isolate two traits that are relevant for thinking about cultures: (1) the initial act, even when driven by necessity, creates a residual, unnatural desire for more; and (2) the host carrier, which they called the ‘victim,’ ended up with an ‘icy heart’— i.e., their ability for empathy and compassion was amputated”.

      “The reader can probably already sense from the two traits mentioned above the wetiko nature of modern capitalism. Its insatiable hunger for finite resources; its disregard for the pain of groups and cultures it consumes; its belief in consumption as savior; its overriding obsession with its own material growth; and its viral spread across the surface of the planet. It is wholly accurate to describe neoliberal capitalism as cannibalizing life on this planet. It is not the only truth—capitalism has also facilitated an explosion of human life and ingenuity—but when taken as a whole, capitalism is certainly eating through the life-force of this planet in service of its own growth”.

  4. Tom Bates Says:

    Examples all of what is wrong with the human race.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Not quite sure what all the “examples” are that you’re referring to, but of you’re starting to get the idea that there’s “something wrong with the human race”, we MAY be making some progress on educating you.

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