The Senate Fiddles While the World Burns

Posted on August 4, 2010

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Recently the United States Senate abandoned all attempts to get a climate bill through this year.  Meanwhile the world has been heating up, and the heatwave has been accelerating over the last few months.

Below is a list of national and territorial high temperature records which have been broken or equalled in the last twelve months.  As you can see, the last five months of 2009, and the first four months of 2010, are far less active than the three months beginning in May.

In the first nine months of this record, 8 national (and territorial) records were broken.

In the most recent three months of this record, 16 national (and territorial) records have been broken.

More temperature records have been broken in the last three months than in any three month period since reliable human records have been kept.

No other 90 days even comes close.  Neither do most years.

Prior to 1983, no more than 4 national heat records had been set in a single year.

The following is a list for the most active years for setting records.  As you can see, the previous most active year was 2007, which, not coincidentally, is listed by NASA, for instance, as the warmest calendar year in the 130 year temperature record.

We might be warmer than that this year, but it’s far from over yet.

Most national temperature records broken – 10 most active years

2010: 16 records (so far)

2007: 15 records
2003: 12 records
2005: 11 records
1998: 9 records
1983: 9 records
2009: 6 records
2000: 5 records
1999: 5 records
1987: 5 records

Chronology:

National & territorial temperature records broken in last 12 months

  • Fara (Afghanistan) max. 49.9  New national record high for Afghanistan. August 2009
  • West Bay (Cayman Islands) max. 34.9  New national record high for Cayman Islands 4 and 5 September 2009
  • Prat’s Gill (Paraguay) max. 45  New national record high for Paraguay. 14 November 2009
  • Bauerfield (Vanuatu) max. 35.6  New national record high for Vanuatu 1 December 2009
  • Nukunonu (Tokelau, New Zealand) max. 35.6 New territorial record high for Tokelau 17 January 2010
  • Honiara Henderson (Solomon Islands) max. 36.1 New national record high for Solomon Islands (recorded under standard conditions) 1 February 2010
  • Puerto Salgar (Colombia) max. 42.2 New national record high for Colombia (recorded under standard conditions) 4 February 2010
  • Georgetown (Ascension) max. 34.9 New territorial record high for Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 25 March 2010
  • Myinmu (Myanmar) max. 47.2 New national record high for Myanmar Highest temperature ever recorded in Southeast Asia. 14 May 2010
  • Mohenjo-daro (Pakistan) max. 53.5 New national record high for Pakistan Highest temperature ever recorded in Asia. 26 May 2010
  • Abdaly (Kuwait) max. 52.6 New national record high for Kuwait 14 June 2010
  • Basra (Iraq) max. 52 New national record high for Iraq 14 June 2010
  • Dongola (Sudan) max. 49.7 New national record high for Sudan 22 June 2010
  • Faya (Chad) max. 47.6 New national record high for Chad (recorded under standard conditions) 22 June 2010
  • Jeddah Airport (Saudi Arabia) max. 52 New national record high for Saudi Arabia 22 June 2010
  • Bilma (Niger) max. 48.2 New national record high for Niger 23 June 2010
  • Belogorsk (Russia) max. 42.3 New territorial record high for Asian Russia (#1) 25 June 2010
  • Jaskul (Russia) max. 44 New national record high for Russia (international stations) (#1) 11 July 2010
  • Doha Airport (Qatar) max. 50.4 New national record high for Qatar (in official stations) 14 July 2010
  • Joensuu Airport Liperi (Finland) max. 37.2 New national record high for Finland 29 July 2010
  • Lefkoniko (Cyprus) max. 46.6 New national record high for Cyprus. 1 August 2010
  • Lukhansk (Ukraine) max. 41.3 New national record high for Ukraine (tie 2007) 1 August 2010
  • Ust Kara (Russia) max. 42.7 New territorial record high for Asian Russia. (#2) 2 August 2010
  • Utta (Russia) max. 45.4 New national record high for Russia (unofficial.) (#2) 2 August 2010