Overall earth saw many different weather related events: from a exaggerated cyclone season in the North Atlantic to droughts in southern US, northen Mexico and in East Africa. Another worrying fact is that the Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a record rate because the Arctic is warming two times faster than the rest of the world.
A compelling statistic that shows climate change is really behind Hot Days, is that typically, for every “record hot day” there is a “record cold day”. The extreme weather we are now facing was explained in detail by meteorologists and forecasters over the past year, who went to great lengths to outline why it was not some out-of-bounds “climate change”.
Kathryn Sullivan (the NOAA Administrator) also states that “Every weather event that happens now takes place in the context of a changing global environment”
Read the full weather report online at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2011.php .