Saturday, June 16, 2007

Hot enough for you?

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The website Climate Progress:
The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported today that “the global surface temperature for the combined January-May period tied with 1998 as the warmest January-May on record.” (And 1998 was the warmest year on record.)

May was the fourth warmest on record (the warmest ever over land) and followed on the heels of a warm April. So spring was very warm over most of the planet. Temperature anomalies are shown on the dot map below. The redder it is, the hotter it is.

For the spring, much of Siberia is a stunning 5°C (9°F) above average. This is worrisome because
  • Siberia contains probably the world’s largest amount of carbon locked away in the permafrost.
  • The permafrost is increasingly not so perma.
  • Much of that carbon would be released as methane, which is 23 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

The NCDC reports other climate extremes for the year to date:

Just which twit politician was recently telling us that global warming might not be so bad? We're going to have to start living in mines and caves just to keep cool...

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