Kim KnowltonThe Natural Resources Defense Council today released an interactive map that it says clearly illustrates over 3,500 examples of extreme weather events in 2012. “Extreme” in this case means records set for heat, snowfall and rainfall with data culled from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NRDC senior scientist, Dr. Kim Knowlton, says those “extreme” events shattered records that had held for 30-years or more. The map also includes areas affected by of wildfire, drought and flooding.
Knowlton says the NOAA data shows 2012 was the hottest in the Lower 48 since NOAA started keeping records in the late 1800’s.
In tonight’s feature interview with Edward O’Brien, Knowlton says this tool clearly illustrates what climate change looks like and what it’s costing all of us:

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