Warm Winter A Global Record-Breaker
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Prince George, BC – Signs of winter are sure to be further erased with another week of warm weather on the way…
Environment Canada’s forecast is calling for highs of four degrees today and tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday will be closer to the normal maximum highs for this time of year, at two degrees. But Thursday is expected to be back up to four, before we hit a high of seven degrees on Friday.
So far this month, February 5th was the warmest, with the mercury climbing to 6.9-degrees. But the daytime high was above five degrees for a three-day stretch, from the 8th to the 10th.
While it’s enjoyable not to have to bundle up against the bitter cold, it’s also concerning. The earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, based on independent analyses by both the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.
The NOAA says the average global temperature across land and ocean surface areas for 2015 was 0.9-degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 13.9-degrees Celsius – beating the previous record warmth of 2014 by 0.16-degrees.
And the record-breaking trend is continuing. January marked the ninth consecutive month to break a monthly global record, with the temperature 1.04-degrees higher than the 20th century average of 12.0-degrees. In Canada, the NOAA notes January temperatures in the Far North were between two and five-degrees higher than the 1961-1990 average.
NASA says the planet’s rise in average surface temperature by about 1-degree since the late 19th century is largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35-years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001.
NASA spokesperson, Gavin Schmidt says, “Last year’s temperatures had an assist from El Niño, but it is the cumulative effect of the long-term trend that has resulted in the record warming that we are seeing.”
Map below courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association