2012 may end up being the warmest year on record in the U.S, but
that may not be much of a record to begin with.
The Ashville, North Carolina-based National Climatic Data Center
says the continental United States had a national average of just
over 57 degrees between January and November. While that is 3.3
degrees higher than the long-term average, it is only one degree
above the soon-to-be-outdated record year of 1934.
Moreover, U.S. weather records date back to only 1895, 119 years
after the founders signed the Declaration of Independence.
Meanwhile, temperature recordings predate the colonies by
Regardless, global climate data is due to be out next week, and
global-warming alarmists have been touting this year's weather in
the U.S., including Hurricane Sandy, as proof of global
Marc Morano of the climate-change skeptic
organization Climate Depot points out that global warming
would have to be represented by much more than just the weather in
"The continental U.S., which is what they're talking about, is
less than two percent of the earth's surface," he says. "I don't
know where it's going to drop in, but we've had no global warming,
according to the database in the UK Meteorological Office, for 16
years. The same time we were having our heat wave in July, South
Africa was having record cold."
Morano says no one has pointed to
South Africa's weather and claimed the earth is facing global
In a nation that is often described as "post-Christian," a spark
of revival might be on the horizon.