One of the stories in the book I recommended Monday, explains why February has only 28 days, generally. But how are we to explain how hot it was this year? Or last year?
From the Guardian:
February smashed a century of global temperature records by a “stunning” margin, according to data released by NASA.
The unprecedented leap led scientists, usually wary of highlighting a single month’s temperature, to label the new record a “shocker” and warn of a “climate emergency”.
The NASA data shows the average global surface temperature in February was 1.35C warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951-1980, a far bigger margin than ever seen before. The previous record, set just one month earlier in January, was 1.15C above the long-term average for that month.
“NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report,” said Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, who analysed the data on the Weather Underground website. “February dispensed with the one-month-old record by a full 0.21C – an extraordinary margin to beat a monthly world temperature record by.”
“This result is a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases,” said Masters and Henson. “We are now hurtling at a frightening pace toward the globally agreed maximum of 2C warming over pre-industrial levels.”
Walk or bike. Eat less meat. Vote Democrat.
Better for the planet (Congress is currently controlled by Republicans who believe the climate crisis is a hoax) . . . your wallet (both the economy and the stock market do markedly better under Democrats) . . . and your health (Republicans oppose stem cell research, clean-air-and-water regulation, food safety inspection, and — with 62 votes to repeal rather than improve it — affordable healthcare).