by Steve Haruch
Climate change increases the risk of many types of record-breaking extreme weather events that threaten communities across the country. In 2012, there were 3,527 monthly weather records broken for heat, rain, and snow in the US, according to information from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).1 That's even more than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011—and some of the newly-broken records had stood for 30 years or more.
"Highlights" of Tennessee's results for the year: "Record-breaking heat in 37 counties and a total of 96 broken heat records"; "Record-breaking precipitation in 15 counties and a total of 16 broken precipitation records"; "Total of 25 large wildfires." Go the map, click on Tennessee and then click on "View state data" for a county-by-county breakdown.
All this in the warmest year on record in the Lower 48. But hey, it's cold today, so there's no such thing as climate change, right?