2011: An Impressive Year Of Weather Extremes

By Jeff Jamison, CBS11 News

The National Climatic Data Center recently issued their annual report for 2011 and developed this fantastic graphic off all the weather highlights across the Untied States last year.

2011 events map 2011: An Impressive Year Of Weather Extremes

For the United States as a whole, 2011 was the 23rd warmest year on record.

Texas had its second warmest year on record, with an annual temperature anomaly of 2.2 degrees F (1.2 degrees C), just shy of the annual record of 2.5 degrees F (1.4 degrees C) set in 1921.

The year 2011 was also the driest year on record for Texas, when 14.99 inches (381 mm) of precipitation was observed across the state.  Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry reported more on this Wednesday.

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  • Steve

    How convenient that they failed to mention that ‘record’ is only 130+ years long, on a planet that’s 4 billion years old. ….I guess if they did; it wouldn’t seem like much of a record, or a story.

  • Mary Jones

    The early Earth was a toxic wasteland devoid of all life. After the crust cooled and began to solidify, volcanoes spewed poison gases, methane and ammonia into the atmosphere. As water vapor began to collect from Earth’s interior and from space, weather started. Thunderstorms began to fire up and boiling hot, highly acidic rain began to fall for millions of years. During this time the water collected in the low areas and formed the early oceans. Lightning started a series of chemical reactions converting Ammonia (NH4) into Nitrogen and Methane (CH4) into CO2 when combined with water. Most of the Hydrogen drifted off into space. About 3.5 billion years ago, life arose as single celled plant life called algae. This blue-green algae began to use CO2 from the atmosphere for photosynthesis and released copious amounts of O2 leading to our modern atmosphere.

    No humans. Early humans could not change the cyclic droughts and ice ages. Industrialization and burning carbon fuels began in the mid 1800s. Our climate records in California go back to 1849 162 years. Humans are the cause of the current climate change. Read a geochemistry book. Collect CO2 samples in the Pacific like I did. Consume less. Be happy.

    • Steve

      Actually no, our climate records go back to 1870 when the US WEather Bureau was formed..Not that that matters in the least. The point you’re so conveniently missing is; we have little to no scientific measurements for anything beyond a few hundred years ago, and yet we’ve decided that’s enough to understand a highly complex forever changing eco-stystem. BTW we’ve had Ice ages with carbon levels 12 times higher than they are now, with as you said ‘no humans’ around….It’s interesting to note you don’t see the contradictions in your own statement.

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