Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The New Warmal:  Global Temps Break Another Record

A woman cooks bacon and shrimp on the trunk of a car in the scorching sun in Jinan city, east China's Shandong province, on May 29, 2014.(Credit: Imaginechina via AP Images) Click to enlarge.
The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all other Mays before it, since recordkeeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

But the truly disturbing part isn’t that we’ve hit a new record.  It’s that we live in a season of new records.  This may be the the new warm normal.  To find previous hottest Mays, you don’t have to search far; four of the five hottest Mays on record have occurred since 2010.  More difficult is finding a cool May. The last time the month fell below its 20th-century average was 39 years ago.

The New Warmal:  Global Temps Break Another Record

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