According to the environmental activists, 36 heat records fell across Nevada last year, with 12 of the state’s 17 counties experiencing record-breaking temperatures.
Nevada also experienced 14 rainfall records in seven counties, 11 snowfall records in five counties and 86 wildfires that charred 90 acres or more.
The results were emblematic of a year of extreme weather across the country, the Council argues.
“2012’s unparalleled record-setting heat demonstrates what climate change looks like,” intoned Kim Knowlton, senior scientist for the New York City-based environmental advocacy group. “
Actually, 2012 was the warmest year on record in Las Vegas by only two-tenths of a degree, some of that doubtless attributable to more concrete and pavement that absorb heat and keep the valley from cooling off at night the way it once did.