Sunday, May 15, 2016

Another Month, Another All-Time Record Month

April is now in the books. That makes seven in a row. Seven consecutive months of record-breaking high temperatures.

The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded.
It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the largest margin ever, and seven months in a row that are at least 1C above the 1951-80 mean for that month. When the string of record-smashing monthsstarted in February, scientists began talking about a “climate emergency”.

Figures released by Nasa over the weekend show the global temperature of land and sea was 1.11C warmer in April than the average temperature for April during the period 1951-1980.

Five days ago I posted the Climate Central graphic above. It's now out of date but the yellow line departure at the very end continues. That departure shows how global warming is not merely continuing to increase but steadily accelerating. Just as it accelerated again in April. 


Steve said...

we are going to need a bigger graph

The Mound of Sound said...

I think we'll be needing a lot of things by the point we outgrow that graph, Steve.

Anonymous said...

It's going to take more than this graph to knock the general public and especially the politicians out of their stupor regarding climate change. It's going to take a monumental disaster, something right in your face, to change attitudes. I thought maybe the Fort Mac fire might have some effect, but any discussion about the relationship between the fire and climate change was met with "Now is not the time for this conversation". So when is the right time, I wonder? There's always something, mainly the "economy is too fragile". It's unbelievably frustrating how many people put money before existence.