Monday, July 4, 2016

Global warming revisited


If you are still arguing against global warming, here's something for you to chew on: Last month was the warmest month on Earth since records began being kept.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, June was the warmest month ever recorded, not only in much of the United States, but across most of the globe.

June was the fourth month in a row of record warmth worldwide. Although the global sea surface temperatures ranked the fourth-warmest on record, the combination of land and sea temps pushed June 2010 past June 2005, previously the warmest June on record. Warmer sea surface temperatures are believed to fuel hurricanes. If the hurricane season goes as predicted, we can expect a disastrous summer, particularly if the hurricanes push the spilled BP oil inshore in the gulf or up the east coast.

The most prominent high temperatures were in Peru, the middle of the U.S., and Asia. The average could have been worse but for cooler-than-normal temps in Scandinavia, southern China, and the American northwest.

June also marked a record low in Arctic sea ice -- the 19th year in a row that sea ice in June has been below average.

Meanwhile, rainier-than-average conditions prevailed in southern India, southern China, southern Europe and the U.S. Midwest, while southwest Australia experienced record-setting drought, with the lowest rainfall ever recorded for the first half of the year according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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