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Baby, It’s Hot Outside

You might be able to go walkin� in a winter wonderland this winter in short sleeves and flip-flops. And don�t forget your sunscreen. [USA Today]

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the Northern Hemisphere is on track to be the hottest it has ever been in the 127 years since they started keeping track of temperatures.
Temperatures since January have averaged 1.3 degrees above the norm. Temperatures for this December-February are on track to be 4% hotter than the average. And you might not want to get your heart set on that ski vacation: Experts at the Center say it�s not likely to be a very snowy winter. [Fox News]

In fact, it looks to be a pretty dry season. According to Michael Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, �La Nina strengthened during October, making it even more likely that the USA will see below-average precipitation in the already drought-stricken regions of the Southwest and the Southeast this winter.�

That�s not the only effect of warmer winters�you may want to get ready to say goodbye to Christmas Trees. The Pine Bark Beetle, which feeds on and kills pine trees, used to be held in control by cold winter temperatures. Now the species is thriving and killing off entire forests in British Columbia. [Seattle Post Intelligencer]

And say Hello to really tacky fake Ski Vacations. Weiner Air Force and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey are building a year-round ski resort in Texas, with �wet, white Astroturf with bristles� standing in for snow to make up for all the closed resorts around the country. [WSJ]

Check out more of the top 100 effects of global warming here. [100 Effects of Global Warming]

�I�m Dreaming of a Hot, Muggy Christmas� doesn�t have quite the same ring to it.

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