It’s not my language and it’s not an anomaly. This is the headline that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put out on their website on April 19th 2016.
Here is their article verbatim:
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, March set another heat record for the globe. As Earth continues to warm and is influenced by phenomena such as El Niño, global temperature records are piling up.
For 2016 year to date (January-March), the average temperature for the globe was 2.07 degrees F above the 20th-century average, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. This was the highest temperature for this period in the 1880–2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.50 degrees F. The globally averaged sea surface temperature for the year to date was also highest on record, surpassing the same period in 1998 by 0.42 degrees F, the last time a similar strength El Niño occurred.
Map: Land and ocean temperature departure from average for March 2016.
For March, the average temperature for the globe was 2.20 degrees F above the 20th century average. This was not only the highest for the month of March in the 1880-2016 record, but also the highest monthly temperature departure among all months on record, surpassing the previous all-time record set last month by 0.02 degrees F. March also marked the 11th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, and is the longest such streak in NOAA’s 137-year climate record.
The Arctic was also impacted by record global heat. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year at 5.61 million square miles March 24, the lowest annual maximum extent in the satellite record. This was 431,000 square miles below average and 5,000 square miles below the previous record from 2015.
Here is the issue:
We continue to think that this will not have an effect on us. Unfortunately we are wrong. The resultant costs of rapid sea level rise, longer periods of drought, larger more destructive storms will continue to increase.
The last large event, Hurricane Sandy ( aka Superstorm Sandy) cost the taxpayers of this country over 67 Billion dollars. This does not include the various droughts, floods, tornadoes or other moister/warmer atmospheric events that have occurred over the past decades.
The following NOAA link provides a concept of the costs of major storm events to the public from 1980 until 2015.
In 2015, there were 10 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.
What can you do?
- Do what you can locally and personally to reduce carbon emissions.
- Help work for sustainable solutions within your community.
- Understand the concept and ramifications of large carbon footprints.
- Pay attention to the politicians who you elect. Elect those who understand the problem and will act to make a positive change to our world.
- Understand and share the message that something is awry with our climate and we must all work together to turn the tables on climate disruption so that future generations will prosper.