Almost every month this year is setting a new record as the hottest, according to the NOAA.
Yes, it wasn’t long ago I was writing about April being the hottest April and Jan-April being the hottest Jan-April on record. Now, the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center has published its next monthly “State of the Climate Report” and we are seeing more records along these lines.
“The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for May, March-May (Northern Hemisphere spring-Southern Hemisphere autumn), and the period January-May.”
Furthermore, the locations where warming is occurring the most is exactly where climate scientists have predicted — in the high northern latitudes.
And, this is all despite other heating influences currently being weak.
“And it bears repeating, the record temperatures we’re seeing now are especially impressive because we’ve been in ‘the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.’ It’s just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is,” Joe Romm of Climate Progress reports.
Arctic Sea Ice Also Breaking Records
In addition to the heat records, Arctic sea ice also continues to break records for being at its lowest extent, according to both the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).
Expect things to change soon? I doubt it.
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