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My Son, Age 25, Has Never Been Around for a Cooler-Than-Average Month

This never quite occurred to me, but here it is: Today’s news that the world has had higher-than-average temps now for 332 consecutive months means that my son, age 25, in his entire life has never been around for a cooler-than-normal global month.

Here’s hoping that changes—before he’s my age. If it takes that long, I guess he will not be living in LA but far in the interior as the ocean covers the coast. Hollywood in Vegas?

The red and pink on the map of the world (follow link above) shows where it’s been warmer this year. Sarah Palin, on the coast of Alaska, may have lucked out.

Also reported today:  this year's October was the fifth warmest since 1880.  And there's a 90% chance 2012 will end up as warmest year on record for the U.S.

Then there’s this from Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters:

[S]hockingly, Sandy is probably not even the deadliest or most expensive weather disaster this year in the United States—Sandy’s damages of perhaps $50 billion will likely be overshadowed by the huge costs of the great drought of 2012. While it will be several months before the costs of America’s worst drought since 1954 are known, the 2012 drought is expected to cut America’s GDP by 0.5–1 percentage points, said Deutsche Bank Securities this week. …

While Sandy’s death toll of 113 in the U.S. is the second highest death toll from a U.S. hurricane since 1972, it is likely to be exceeded by the death toll from the heat waves that accompanied this year’s drought. The heat waves associated with the U.S. droughts of 1980 and 1988 had death tolls of 10,000 and 7,500 respectively, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, and the heat wave associated with the $12 billion 2011 Texas drought killed 95 Americans.

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