NASA and NOAA have both confirmed now that April 2010 is the hottest April on record and January-April 2010 is the hottest January-April on record.
NASA just reported that this April was the hottest April on record. This followed the hottest March on record and the hottest January-February-March on record. So, is the hottest January-February-March-April on record a surprise? Only if you think climate change or global warming is a farce. Of course, how to explain this record-breaking first quarter of the year would be the big question in that case (especially since we are in the “deepest solar minimum in nearly a century“).
And who said you can’t predict the climate? (Make sure not to confuse that with the weather.) NASA predicted that 2010 would likely be the hottest year on record at the beginning of the year. Looks like that is turning out to be true.
NOAA has now confirmed NASA’s findings regarding April and January-April as well. In fact, NOAA reports that this was the “34th consecutive April with global land and ocean temperatures above the 20th century average“.
Rather than referring to these “abnormal” temperatures as anomalies (as we often do), however, NOAA recommends that we start referring to them as “change”, because there is a clear gradual change and climate scientists have been predicting it for awhile now.
The 12-month running average temperature record was also set in March and then more dramatically in April, passing up the record set long ago… I mean, in 2007.
And, again, where has most of the warming occurred but right where scientists predicted — in the oceans.
And, want one more piece of information to chew on? There are no permanent weather stations in the Arctic, the place expected to be warming the most. So, rather than portray climate scientists’ findings as swayed to show the world is heating up, they are actually swayed not to show the full extent to which it is actually doing so.
Climate change is happening. Yet, we are still hardly even responding, it seems. We will have to sooner or later, but later would come with a lot more restrictions.
Image Credit: azrainman via flickr/CC license