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I had a few minutes to kill last evening—a rare thing—so thought I might use it to throw together a small sampling of climate, weather, and other factoids I've run across over the past year or so. I'm not claiming any of these as "proof" of climate change; I'm just tossing them out there for your enjoyment, so make of them what you will. (Though I think if you go through the list with an honest, objective eye, one or two things may really stick out at you.)

I've tried to be as accurate as possible with the links, but if you come across something that you'd like to challenge or question, please do so.

And so: onward.

96 - the number of new daily low temperature records that have been set so far this year* in the United States.(link)

1,970 - the number of new daily high temperature records that have been set so far this year* in the United States.(link)

42 - the number of days in the last 42* in the United States during which new daily high temperature records outnumbered new daily low temperature records.(link)

1 - the number of months in 2011 in which new daily low temperature records outnumbered new daily high temperature records.(link)

11 - the number of months in 2011 in which new daily high temperature records outnumbered new daily low temperature records.(link)


Temps
100 - the number of days in 2011 during which the temperature in both San Angelo and Wichita Falls, Texas, reached 100 degrees or higher.The previous records at those locations were, respectively, 60 and 79.(link)

6 - the number of days Amarillo, Texas, reaches 100 degrees in an average year.(link)

50 - the number of days Amarillo reached 100 degrees or higher in 2011.(link)

113 - the high temperature in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on August 2, 2011, the city's all-time record high.(link)

115 - the high temperature in Ft. Smith on August 3.(link)

88.9 - the average temperature for Oklahoma in July, 2011, the single warmest month for any state during any month. Ever.(link)

0 - the number of summers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana that were hotter than 2011's.(link)

0 - the number of years in Texas that were drier than 2011.(link)

0 - the number of years in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, or Pennsylvania that were wetter than 2011.(link)

62 - the high temperature in Marshall, Minnesota, on January 5, 2012. Several other stations in the state also reached 60 or higher that day, the first in state history during which any temperatures reached at least 60 in the first week of January.(link)

0.6% - the relative humidity in Las Vegas on June 17, 2011. The dewpoint depression—the difference between the air temperature (107) and the dewpoint (-22)—was 129 degrees, a record for that city.(link)

107 - the low temperature at Khasab Airport in Oman on June 27, 2011, the world's all-time warmest low temperature record.(link)

9.9 - the temperature at the South Pole on Christmas Day, 2011, the warmest temperature ever recorded there. The record low for that station was -117.(link)


Fires
156,293 - the number of acres that burned in New Mexico's Las Conchas fire in July 2011, the largest fire ever in that state.(link)

538,049 -  the number of acres that burned in Arizona's Wallow fire in 2011, the largest fire ever in that state.(link)

3,914,178 - the number of acres that burned in Texas in 2011, by far the most ever for that state.(link)


Tornadoes
3 - of the three biggest tornado outbreaks in United States history, how many took place in a five-week span during April and May, 2011.(link)

199 -  the number of confirmed tornadoes in the Southeastern U.S. on April 27, 2011, the most on record for any single day.(link)

343 - the number of confirmed tornadoes in the United States from April 25–28, 2011, the most on record for any single outbreak.(link)

758 - the number of confirmed tornadoes in the United States during April 2011, the most on record for any single month. The previous record was 542.(link)

12 - the number of named Atlantic tropical storms or hurricanes that formed from August 12 to September 24, 2011.(link)


27 - the number of new all-time national high temperature records set across the globe over the last two years.(link) (link)

1 - the number of new all-time national low temperature records set over the last two years.(link) (link)

1 - the number of years in the 21st century that have been cooler than the La Niña-stabilised year of 2011.(link)

97 - the number of years in the 20th century that were cooler than the La Niña-stabilised year of 2011.(link)

0 - the number of years with a La Niña present that were warmer globally than 2011.(link)

35 - the number of years that have passed since the annual global temperature was below the 20th century average.(link)

322 - the number of months that have passed since the mean global temperature was below the average(link)


14 - the number of weather disasters causing at least $1 billion in damage in the United States during 2011. (One more event may be included after an analysis is completed.)(link)

$55,000,000,000 - the approximate cost of damage caused by those 14 disasters.(link)


CO2
30,000,000,000 - approximate amount in metric tons of manmade CO2 emitted into the environment each year across the globe.(link)

950 - approximate amount in metric tons of CO2 emitted each second.(link)

300 - approximate maximum atmospheric CO2 in parts per million (ppm) over the past 800,000 years, and up to about 1850.(link)

315.97 - atmospheric CO2 in 1959 in ppm.(link)

391.57 - atmospheric CO2 in 2011 in ppm.(link)


97 - the percentage of actively-publishing climate scientists who agree that human activity is a "significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures".(link)

0 - of 928 peer-reviewed climate science papers published between 1993 and 2003, the number that rejected the consensus position that global warming over the past 50 years is predominantly anthropogenic.(link)

50+ - the number of nationally or internationally recognized scientific bodies that agree with the basic tenets of anthropogenic climate change theory.(link)

0 - the number of nationally or internationally recognized scientific bodies that disagree with the basic tenets of anthropogenic climate change theory.(link)

8 - the number of expert investigative commitees that looked into the so-called "Climategate" scandal, in which stolen emails were cherry-picked to make it appear as though climate scientists were involved in an ongoing fraud.(link)

0 - the number of those commitees that found evidence of fraud.(link)


$102,850,000,000 - total profits (not revenue) announced by the big 5 oil companies for just the first three quarters of 2011 (final quarter numbers won't be available for a week.)(link)

$594,000,000,000 - total amount in direct and indirect government fossil fuel subsidies over the past 60 years.(link)

90% - the share of U.S. government energy subsidies that go to support either fossil fuels (70%) or nuclear energy (20%).(link)

10% - the share of U.S. government energy subsidies that go to support renewable energy(link)


News
1 minute, 3.4 seconds - the average amount of time each day the three evening broadcast news programs devoted to covering climate change in 2008.(link)

5.3 seconds - the average amount of time each day the three evening broadcast news programs devoted to covering climate change in 2011.(link)


* - as of January 20

Originally posted to Neapolitan on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 05:10 AM PST.

Also republished by SciTech.

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  •  What a great set of statistics you've put together (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for taking what had to be a very long time to gather all that information and put it into  a simple to read and understand format. So much of  the information on climate change is difficult to understand but you have put this out there in a way that gets the point across without boggling the mind of the reader. Thank you.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 05:43:30 AM PST

    •  Thanks... (2+ / 0-)
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      maryabein, Albanius

      I actually have a database into which I dump things like the above (I'm sort of obsessed that way), so making the list was mostly just a matter of selecting a big handful of items from that database and formatting them.

      It's pretty amazing, really, how much plain and simple truth there is to be found with just the smallest bit of digging.

  •  Well, now that you put it that way (1+ / 0-)
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    maryabein

    Excellent compilation of data points. Hard to ignore, except if you're a politician or news executive, or a Republican.

  •  Of all the statistics you presented (3+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, bread, Albanius

    The dramatic decline in the coverage of climate change by the media - in a year that was off-the-charts as far as extreme weather is concerned - was the most interesting.

    The climate is changing in ways that climate scientists have been predicting all along.   The fact that the media is silent - despite consensus within the scientific community that it is a major problem, and during such an extreme year weather-wise, can not be just an accident.  

    explain how letting gays marry will directly affect your own heterosexual relationship?

    by bluestatesam on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 06:32:15 AM PST

  •  And this is why.. (1+ / 0-)
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    maryabein

    Even if the Republican party wasn't so friendly to racist, homophobic, anti union sentiments, it would still be impossible to give them any respect, since they so vehemently deny a huge preponderance of FACTS. And that these facts so clearly indicate a need to stop burning oil and coal, and find a better way, why, that would interfere with the greed of their owners.

    The human race; big mistake, or bad idea?

    •  "The human race; big mistake, or bad idea?" (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Twocents, The grouch

      The sad/funny/fascinating  thing is, the planet doesn't care; for all the changes we've made to its surface, the earth would go along happily spinning its way through space for billions of years without us here--just as it did for billions of years before we showed up.

      •  Oh, I know (1+ / 0-)
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        JeffW

        I had a friend who was into spelunking, and she said that in geologic time, we were just a flyspeck,  and whatever mistakes we make will be washed away by the eons. The thing is, I actually care about people, a few at a time, and I'm so saddened by the suffering that is coming to those of us who live long enough, and their children's children. (not mine-don't have any)

        I don't live in "geologic" time, I just stumble along day by day, hoping to bring a little fun and as little harm as possible along the way. When I see the cruel disregard for the ecosystem that we as a species need to survive, it bewilders me.

  •  Tipped. Rec'ed and Bookmarked. (1+ / 0-)
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    maryabein

    Excellent!  Thanks for this.

    Peace will come when the Republicans will love America's children more than they love their money.

    by Naniboujou on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 06:36:40 AM PST

  •  A lot of food for thought here. No way to... (0+ / 0-)

    check all the links, etc. Yet, the overall set reinforces the theme in several number combos.

    Interesting and thanks... jim

    Well...I'd rather live in Utopia.


    by jim in IA on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 06:37:31 AM PST

  •  I deny your reality and substitute my own. (3+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, Neapolitan, Eric Twocents

    These statistics are simply an unusual year.

    (bunch of numbers here showing an exceptional cold and wet year).

    (bunch of numbers here showing it's cold in other parts of the world)

    (bunch of stuff here about solar and wind subsidies, and lies about Solyndra)

    (collection of pseudoscience nonsense showing CO2 is harmless and some stuff about sun spots)

    (stuff here from fake and real scientists who publish nonsense in fake science journals or manage to slip some junk by reviewers of real journals)

    (More muddy water with lies and misrepresentation to confuse people who don't pay attention)

    Since denialists prowl the internet looking to manipulate the truth with their garbage, I thought I'd just try and save them some time by posting a synopsis of their irrational responses.

    •  But is change inevitable? Reversing Climate Change (0+ / 0-)

      seems improbable. See solutions to global warming on any search engine for dim view of any success.
      Is the world really going to stop using meat as a source of protein?
      Are developing countries and China and India really going to turn to alternative forms of energy?
      What is the plan to SOLVE climate change?

      Some...spoke with strong and powerful voices, which proclaimed in accents trumpet-tongued,"I am beautiful, and I rule". Others murmured in tones scarcely audible, but exquisetly soft and sweet, "I am little, and I am beloved"." Armandine A.L. Dupin

      by Kvetchnrelease on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 07:17:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The plan? A good first step would be... (1+ / 0-)
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        Albanius

        getting people, especially policymakers, to stop listening to the lies being told by Big Energy and its political/media mouthpieces, and start listening to actual scientists. Until that happens, those policymakers will continue to make decisions that are sentencing us to A Very Bad Future.

      •  Actually, China leads the world in solar (0+ / 0-)

        Our government is one of the few who don't see the writing on the wall.

        There is NO choice.  We WILL change to renewable energy and other renewable resources.  The only question is, how much suffering will we have to go through because we were such fools to even remotely believe the denialists? The answer seems to be, a lot.

  •  Thanks for this list T&R'd and Hotlisted (0+ / 0-)

    Global warming is contributing to a more precarious political state.  We have already seen wars that have been at least partially accountable by the thrust for hegemony in oil rich lands; we have seen many groups of people shoved out of their homes and lands; and we have seen a vast swath of people displaced due to fires and floods, droughts and hunger.  Another biggie in the not too distant future, a fundamental lack of potable water.

  •  Where did you get the first two numbers: 96 and (0+ / 0-)

    1970?  I don't see them in the charts at
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/...

  •  "It's Always Been This Hot...." (0+ / 0-)

    In this area they used to say "It hardly ever gets over 100 degrees,"  then after we started getting 100 degree heat waves in September they said "It's always been this hot."

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 08:24:42 AM PST

  •  After reading the diary and the comment (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob B, foresterbob

    stream, I have to say that the problem comes down to one thing - too many people. No real change can occur in the current trajectory of climate change as long as the global population keeps rising. Even a huge investment in "sustainable" energy sources, such as solar and wind, are just delaying tactics, albeit delivering a much longer delay than things like hybrid or electric cars.

    Go ahead and reduce your carbon footprint by ten, twenty percent. Hell, reduce it by fifty percent. All it does is delay the inevitable. That is, in ten years or less there will be another billion people on the planet to take up the slack and contribute their fair share to the total CO2 output.
    People will do whatever they have to do to survive, and to improve their own condition. Every gain made in standard of living equates to an increase in carbon footprint.

    Even the most profound changes to our energy production and consumption would take years or decades to implement, so the CO2 level in the atmosphere will continue to rise for some time to come.

    Like it or not, technology will either save our asses and allow us to continue our inexorable growth, as it has in the past, or it won't.

    Yeah, I'm a little pessimistic.

    Trickle-down theory; the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows. - J.K. Galbraith

    by Eric Twocents on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 08:33:19 AM PST

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