"It's the run of weather extremes in different locations" that have the mark of man-made climate change, said top European climate expert Phil Jones, director of the at the University of East Anglia in England.
WASHINGTON - When the calendar turned to 2007, the heat went on and the weather just got weirder. January was the warmest first month on record worldwide — 1.53 degrees above normal. It was the first time since record-keeping began in 1880 that the globe's average temperature has been so far above the norm for any month of the year.
And as 2007 drew to a close, it was also shaping up to be the hottest year on record in the Northern Hemisphere.
U.S. weather stations broke or tied 263 all-time high temperature records, according to an Associated Press analysis of U.S. weather data. England had the warmest April in 348 years of record-keeping there, shattering the record set in 1865 by more than 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit.
It wasn't just the temperature. There were other oddball weather events. A tornado struck New York City in August, inspiring the tabloid headline: "This ain't!"
In the Middle East, an equally rare cyclone spun up in June, hittingand . Major U.S. lakes shrank; had to worry about its drinking water supply. got its first significant snowfall in 25 years. And on , 400 miles east of Africa, nearly 155 inches of rain fell in three days — a world record for the most rain in 72 hours.
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