The following is an excerpt from National Geographic:
"From record hot and cold temperatures to floods and droughts, 2013 was a wacky year for weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weighed in Wednesday with its list of the year's most significant climate anomalies and events.
The report puts specific weather events into historical context, with the general effect of suggesting that global temperature rise is driving heightened weather extremes. For instance, NOAA reports that 2013 ranks as the fourth warmest year on record since 1880.
"It also marked the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average," the agency said in its report. "The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century (2001-2013) rank among the 15 warmest in the 134-year period of record."
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The cool conditions that settled over the western United States this past week will give way to a warming trend and an elevated fire danger during the final days of September.
Despite the start of astronomical fall, ongoing heat from the central United States will spread toward the Atlantic coast into next week.
As Germans head to the polls for Sunday’s parliamentary vote, umbrellas will be needed for residents from Munich and Dresden to Hamburg.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes on the Indonesian island of Bali due to fears of Mount Agung potentially erupting.
While Maria still has the potential to wander close to the United States, the core of the hurricane may remain offshore through next week.
Mold, especially toxic black mold, growth is a big concern after a flood.
A budding tropical depression is expected to cause seas to build and raise the risk for flooding downpours in southern Mexico through the weekend.