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And On And On It Goes
By Ernest Stewart
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's monthly climate calculation said Earth's average temperature in May was 56.7 degrees (13.7 degrees Celsius). That's 2 degrees (1. 1 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average and well past the old record set in 2010. The Southern Hemisphere led the way, with Africa, South America and Asia all having their warmest Mays on record," said NOAA climate scientist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo. NASA was among other organizations that said May was the hottest on record.
The last month that wasn't record hot was April 2015. The last month Earth wasn't hotter than the 20th-century average was December 1984, and the last time Earth set a monthly cold record was almost a hundred years ago, in December 1916, according to NOAA records.
"These kinds of records may not be that interesting, but so many in a row that break the previous records by so much indicates that we're entering uncharted climatic territory (for modern human society)," said Andrew Dessler a Texas A&M University climate scientist.
At NOAA's climate monitoring headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina, "we are feeling like broken records stating the same thing each month," said Sanchez-Lugo.
And more heat meant record low snow for the Northern Hemisphere in May, according to NOAA and the Rutgers Global Snow Lab. Snow coverage in May was 890,000 square miles below the 30-year average.
Sanchez-Lugo, and other scientists, say ever-increasing, man-made global warming is pushing temperatures higher; and the weather oscillation El Nino -- a warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide -- makes it even hotter.
The current El Nino, which is fading, is one of the strongest on records, and is about as strong as the 1997-1998 El Nino. But 2016 so far is 0.81 degrees (0.45 degrees Celsius) warmer than 1998, "so you can definitely see that climate change has an impact," Sanchez-Lugo said.
Given that each month this year has been record hot, it is not surprising that the average of the first five months of 2016 were 2.05 degrees (1.14 degrees Celsius) higher than the 20th-century average and beat last year's record by 0.54 degrees (0.3 degrees Celsius).
Last year was the hottest year by far, beating out 2014, which also was a record. But 2016's start "is unprecedented basically and in general half a degree warmer than 2015," Sanchez-Lugo said.
Even though El Nino is fading and its cooler flip side La Nina is forecast to take hold later this year, Sanchez-Lugo predicted that "2016 will end up the hottest year on record for the third straight year. That's because there's a time lag for those changes to show up in global temperatures and because 2016 has started off so much hotter than 2015," she said.
So, America, you can either strap on the Jack Boots, and follow the Trumpster who says, "Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don't believe it $$$$!" Or, you can get up off your fat American asses and do something about it. The choice is yours to make!
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(c) 2016 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.