We keep debating the issue of global warming, even though the matter should be settled by now. So here’s more evidence for the deniers to ignore (from the National Weather Service):
The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63°C (58.23°F). This is 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record. The record warmest October occurred in 2003 and the record coldest October occurred in 1912. This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature. The last below-average month was February 1985. The last October with a below-average temperature was 1976. The Northern Hemisphere ranked as the seventh warmest October on record, while the Southern Hemisphere ranked as second warmest, behind 1997.
The average global temperature over land was 0.92°C (1.66°F) above average, making this the eighth warmest October on record. Several regions around the globe were much warmer than average, including northeastern and southwestern North America, most of South America, northern Africa, southeastern Europe, southwestern Asia, and far eastern Russia. A heat wave brought record warmth to large areas of Brazil and Bolivia. Record heat was also present in southern India. It was cooler than average in parts of northern Siberia, Mongolia, and northern China along with much of central North America. Western Canada was much cooler than average.
My son is 21 years old. He has never been on an Earth that has had a colder-than-average month. In fact, if you’re 27 years old, your planet has never had a colder than average month.
I find that amazing.
- Climate: October 2012 ties for the 5th-warmest on record (summitcountyvoice.com)
- October global temps above average for 332nd straight month (go.theregister.com)
- October 2012 cool in U.S., but fifth-warmest October globally (earthsky.org)
- 90-percent chance 2012 will be warmest ever for U.S. (cbsnews.com)