May 2016: Warmest On Record


2016 is set to outpace previous years
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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.

“So far this year every month has been record warm. February and March actually set consecutive records for the most anomalously warm month, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)… Even without May’s record heat, there was a 99 percent chance that 2016 was going to best 2015 as the warmest year on record.”

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.

“The report said some impacts of climate change will ‘continue for centuries’, even if all emissions from fossil-fuel burning were to stop. The question facing governments is whether they can act to slow warming to a pace at which humans and natural ecosystems can adapt, or risk ‘abrupt and irreversible changes’ as the atmosphere and oceans absorb ever-greater amounts of thermal energy within a blanket of heat-trapping gases, according to scientists who contributed to the report.”

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.

Related: 15 Poor Excuses To Deny Anthropogenic Global Warming

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