Heat records tumble globally

15 Jul, 2015 09:28 AM
Worldwide temperatures are on a warming trend

LAST month was the hottest June on record by a wide margin, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency, increasing the likelihood that 2015 will also be the warmest year.

Global surface temperatures were 0.41 degrees above the 1981-2010 average in June, the largest such anomaly in records going back to 1891, according to preliminary data from the state agency.

The previous warmest June came just last year, when the departure from the long-run average was 0.33 degrees, indicating a sizeable jump in 2015.

Worldwide temperatures are on a warming trend as increased greenhouse gas levels trap more of the solar radiation. A global summit in Paris set for late this year will seek to limit that warming – and the potential for dangerous climate change – to less than two degrees compared with pre-industrial times.

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  • The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month that May and the first five months of 2015 were the hottest on record.

    Along with the background warming, the El Nino in the Pacific is giving temperatures an extra kick higher. A near-El Nino in 2014 helped make that year the hottest on record and a full-blown event this year suggests that 2015 will set a new record for global surface temperatures.

    El Ninos typically lift global temperatures by 0.1-0.2 degrees as circulation changes in the Pacific mean the ocean takes up less of the heat from the atmosphere and can even give some of it back.

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    17/07/2015 2:07:30 PM

    Lol , I wonder where the science denying alarmists are hiding today ? They don't seem very vocal atm. I guess all that hot air had to run out sooner or latter.
    20/07/2015 6:24:01 AM

    Cold records tumble globally as well and they are real records not like the pretend heat records.
    22/07/2015 1:40:34 PM

    Gumtree, which planet are you on? Please tell us where and when "cold records tumble globally". And please don't cite cold snaps in Victoria or snow storms in New York. The issue is global climate, not local weather. And no, Gummy, nobody wants global cooling, or global warming. What farmers need is global stability. We've based our whole human civilisation on a stable climate.
    22/07/2015 2:16:58 PM

    Nico, show me where global warming is making the climate unstable? And are you naive enough Nico to think you can control the climate and that it will never change? That line of thought shows you are living in a fool's paradise.
    Michael B
    22/07/2015 3:02:03 PM

    Strength to you Nico, I despair arguing with these ignorant turkeys!!!
    22/07/2015 5:49:56 PM

    Well said Gumtree. Don't forget that at present the combined polar ice is at the highest level since records began. Warming is good! Look at history, cooling has always resulted in famine and ruined civilisations. Only a fool would want the earth to cool.
    23/07/2015 6:20:43 AM

    Just read Greenie Watch , you don't have to believe any of it but form your own opinion . Most data collected by persons not associated with the Western Democracies or NGOs and the UN points to global cooling . IvanCCQ
    23/07/2015 9:35:56 AM

    Thanks Michael. Most of them are not worth debating, as they don't understand the importance of evidence. Invey, I've noticed you seldom actually read the items which you criticise. See my response to Gumtree: "nobody wants cooling". As I said, what farmers want is stability, and it is this which is threatened. See: http://www.climatechange.environm ent.nsw.gov.au/About-climate-chan ge-in-NSW/Evidence-of-climate-cha nge/Observed-global-climate-chang
    29/07/2015 9:55:33 AM

    The stability is not being threatened Nico. The conditions on earth are improving for life not decreasing for life with mild warming and increased atmospheric plant food. So are you saying improved conditions for life are to be called unstable just because a change has happened ?
    29/07/2015 12:54:08 PM

    Darwin, before embarrassing yourself, please do us the courtesy of reading the recent NOAA Report for 2014, published by the American Meteorological Society. See: http://ametsoc.org/SOC-2014.pdf
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