Earth'south Hot Streak Continues for a Record eleven Months

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:32 PM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that March'south average global temperature of 54.9 degrees wasn't only the hottest March, but continues a record streak that started latest May.

Earth'south record monthly heat streak has hit eleven months in a row — a record in itself.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that March'south average global temperature of 54.9 degrees wasn't only the hottest March, but continues a record streak that started last May.

According to NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden, the eleven heat records in a row smashes a streak of ten set in one thousand nine hundred forty-fourth. Climate scientists declare this is a result of El Nino, along with relentless, man-made global warming.

Blunden and Michael Mann at the Univ of PA worry that people will be desensitized to the drumbeat of broken records and won't realize the genuine affect they've on weather — for example, massive changes in what's supposed to be winter in the Arctic. Greenland had a record early start for its ice sheet melting. The Arctic had its smallest winter maximum for sea ice and it was the second smallest March snow cover for the Northern Hemisphere.

"It'south becoming monotonous in a way," said Jason Furtado, a meteorology Prof at the Univ of Oklahoma. "It'south absolutely disturbing ... We're losing critical elements of our climate system."

March was 2.2 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average. That'south a record quantity over average for any month, breaking the label set only the mo before. Africa and the Indian Ocean were particularly warm, Blunden said.

The first three months of the year were 2.07 degrees warmer than normal and half a degree warmer than the previous record start, set last year.

Beyond NOAA, NASA, the Japanese weather agency and satellite tracking measurements have reported that March was a record hot month. Blunden said there'south a excellent chance April will label a solid year of records. Eventually, she said, the record setting streak will arrive to an finish as the El Nino dissipates.

El Nino, a warming of parts of the Pacific which changes weather worldwide, tends to thrust global temperatures up. La Nino, its cooling flip side, is forecast for later this year.

For NOAA, this is the thirty-seventh time monthly heat records have been broken since the year two thousand, but it's been more than ninety-nine years since the latest time a global freezing record has been set.

NOAA records go back to 1880.

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Online:

NOAA: http://www. ncdc. noaa. gov/sotc/summary-info/global/two hundred one thousand six hundred three

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Chase Seth Borenstein at http://twitter. com/borenbears and his work can be found at http://bigstory. ap. org/content/seth-borenstein

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