2012 Hottest Year Ever in Philly. Yawn.
Why does this sound familiar? Ah, yes, because I posted an item two days ago entitled “2012 Hottest Year Ever in Jersey.” In a template that I encourage other journalists to adopt as fatalistic global warming stories become increasingly routine, I’m just going to re-post what I wrote Monday, while replacing “New Jersey” with “Philly.”
Since we’re living in the hottest year ever recorded in U.S. history, it should come as no surprise that Philly’s temperatures have also never been higher. On the heels of Hurricane Sandy and this latest bit of news (along with every bit of news about global warming published in the past 25 years), I recommend Tom McGrath’s February 2012 piece forecasting Philly-area weather in the next century. Among his predictions for 206o: Say goodbye to Phillies day games, Pennsylvania trout fishing, and living anywhere near a river.