Thursday 23 June 2016

For the 13th consecutive month in a row (May) was the record warm month across the globe: But how bad can it get?

May 2016 global land and ocean temperature percentiles: Credit (NOAA-NCEI)
While NOAA release their climate data for May showing the 13th consecutive month, around globe was record warm, there are a few points they missed out which are important.

  • Devastating heat was recorded in India and Pakistan with the temperature hovering around 50C. (120F). It is around this temperature when a human body will start to shut down and even kill if people don't get help, the heat did indeed kill many.
  • Heat records tumble in Greenland with the warmest day ever recorded in May...It was also Greenland's warmest April on record.
  • The warmth is causing spectacular rain storms causing landslides and flooding around the globe with hundred's of deaths reported, along with the loss of thousands upon thousands of livestock and crops.
  • West Africa was devastated with floods, Ghana and Nigeria where flooding affected major parts of their capital cities.
  • As were Southern parts of the US
  • Wild fires like the one in Alberta Canada which destroyed the city of Fort McMurray which was described as a beast, a multi headed monster.
  •  If the crazy weather we are seeing is as a result of temperatures rising by less than 2 degrees F, I can only image what the extreme weather will be like if the warming rises above 2 degrees F.
  • Lightning strike appear to be on the increase with hundred's killed in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but Europe has suffered too
This month is set to brake all records again, with heat highs tumbling in the US South West, where temperatures in Phoenix have been hovering around the 120F (50C mark)
And what appears to be endless reports of torrential rain, floods and landslides around the globe...

NOAA's report highlights below
Fresh out of the oven that was a warm start to the year, global temperatures are on a roll: For the 13th consecutive month, the globe was record a warm month, this time  May — the longest such stretch in 137 years of record-keeping.
May 2016 broke last year’s record for the warmest May on record for the globe by 0.04 degrees F, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
May 2016 global land and ocean temperature percentiles
The more than yearlong heat streak also resulted in other new global heat records.
The seasonal temperature (March–May) for the globe was the highest for this period on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.40 degrees F.
On a longer timeframe, the year-to-date (January–May) temperature across global land and ocean surfaces also broke a new record, besting 2015 by 0.43 degrees F.
Some more notable events around the world included:
The globally averaged sea surface temperatures were record high for May, the season (March–May), and the year-to-date (January–May).
The May Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent was the fourth smallest in the 50-year period of record.
Much-warmer-than-average temperatures contributed to North America’s fourth warmest May since continental records began in 1910.
Unusually warm conditions were present across much of northern Europe.
In Finland, 20 locations set new all-time high May temperature records.
Much-warmer-than-average conditions engulfed much of Africa during May 2016, resulting in the fourth warmest May since 1910 for the continent.
Record warm sea surface temperatures contributed to New Zealand’s highest May temperature since national records began in 1909, while across the Tasman Sea, Australia recorded its second highest May temperature since national records began in 1910. 

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