Another month, another record for global temperatures. This is not going away any time soon. May 2016 was the warmest May on record, the latest in a string of many record-breaking months.
Now, every month for more than a year has been a record-setter, and three-hundred seventy months in a row have been warmer than the baseline average. 2016 will be the third year in a row to be the “hottest year on record”.
The World Meteorological Organization is warning of a “fundamental change” in the global climate. The bulk of scientists studying global climate trends are now convinced that none of us will in our lifetimes see a return to the climate that our grandparents experienced — even if we stop burning fossil fuels today; it is irreversible.
Locally, here in Killeen, Texas, May 2016 was the coolest of the past seven Mays (see my HLA chart). I don’t have access to any local weather records going back further than that, though I have contacted the National Weather Service, local television stations, and local newspapers, requesting historical weather information for Killeen. Based on a few old news stories I’ve seen, the last seven years have been warmer on average than most years in the area’s history.