Marching On Together

I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will.
My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in football wilderness.
In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003 my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football.
If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher etchelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.
If you are wondering why my blog has changed colours it is in support of my wonderful lady during her next five games. (MOT)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More warming NOAA: March and year to date were 2nd warmest on record for world

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According to a new report from NOAA March and year to date were the 2nd warmest on record for world.

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extents remain record-low, which is a subject we covered on The Big Wobble of course.

NOAA goes on to report; hot on the heels of the second warmest winter in the 138-year record, March continued the global warm trend that could last well into this year — especially with increasing chances for the arrival of another El Nino by late summer or fall.



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Here are a few highlights...

Climate by the numbers

March
The March 2017 average global temperature was 1.89 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 54.9 degrees, according to the analysis by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This was the second highest for March in the 1880-2017 record, behind last year by 0.32 degrees. This also marks the first time the monthly temperature departure from average surpassed 1.8 degrees F in the absence of an El Nino effect in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
Year to date | January through March 2017
The year-to-date average temperature was 1.75 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 54.1 degrees. This was the second-highest first quarter of the year on record, behind 2016 by 0.32 degrees F.
Other notable climate events and facts around the world last month included:
More record-low sea ice extent at the poles
  • The average Arctic sea ice extent was 7.5 percent below the 1981-2010 average for March, and the average Antarctic sea ice extent was 34.2 percent below the 1981-2010 average. For both regions, this was the smallest March sea ice extent since the satellite record began in 1979.
Near-average snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere
  • The Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent was 20,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 average, the 24th smallest value in the 51-year period of record. North America had its 20th smallest, and Eurasia was near the middle of the record.
Warmer-than-average lands and oceans
  • The globally averaged sea surface temperature was the second highest March on record, 1.28 degree F above average.
  • The globally averaged land-surface temperature for March was the second highest on record for that month, 3.56 degrees F above average.
Global warmth varied by continent
Europe and Oceania had their 2nd warmest March on record; Asia, its 4th; Africa, its 7th; South America, its 12th; and North America, its 30th. You can find NOAA’s report and download related maps and images by visiting the NCEI website