Wednesday, March 18, 2015
"Nice Day if it Don't Rain"
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal records show that this winter and the first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally, with a chilly U.S. East sticking out like a cold thumb in a toastier world.
At nearly 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit above 20th century average, last month was the second warmest February on record globally, slightly behind 1998.
But the combined January and February temperature beat the old record for the first two months set in 2002. December through February broke the meteorological winter record set in 2007.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records go back to 1880.
Parts of Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, South America and especially the U.S. West were extra warm. As a whole, the U.S. had a bit-cooler-than-normal February, but slightly warmer-than-normal winter.
Yep da writings on the Wall comrades...we're Fucked. I needed to use my air conditioner last week. On the other hand it snowed this morning.
Basically the planet's thermostat is busted.
The oceans are warmer which makes the winds go crazy, and you can do the math from there.
Towards the end of the century the temps in the NYC Metro area will be 9f warmer...you get that 9f warmer. That, and the high tides will be 8 to 10 feet higher with storm surges up to 25-30 feet.
Other parts of the country, and world will have it much worse. Btw that "...towards the end of the century" jazz may be trumped by reality.
The effect of Planetary Warming we're having right now were originally predicted back in the 1990's to be happening mid-century. The 2050's or so. Well it's 50 years sooner than expected...how 'bout that.
So I wouldn't bet the farm on that "...end of the century" noise.
Otherwise have a nice day.