NASA reported its monthly average global surface temperature reading this past weekend, showing that last month broke the previous mark for warmest April on record — the seventh month in a row, dating back to October 2015, that has set an all-time high.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the record high global surface temperature streak dates back to May 2015. On April 19, NOAA revealed that the first three months of 2016 were 2.07 degrees above the 20th century average.
The previous monthly average high temperature record streak of 10 was set in 1944.
Climate scientists admit El Niño’s effect has had a disproportionate effect on global temperatures in 2015-2016, but NASA atmospheric experts also say that 2016 will almost certainly be the hottest year on record.
“It’s becoming monotonous in a way,” said Jason Furtado, a meteorology professor at the University of Oklahoma, after NOAA released its temperature findings for March. “It’s absolutely disturbing . . . We’re losing critical elements of our climate system.”
Perhaps most disturbing is the record temperatures in the Arctic region that regularly reach seven degrees above average, and where sea ice mass is at its lowest all-time levels.
Since 2000, there have been 37 months which have broken a previous all-time record global high average temperature. Conversely, a record low monthly temperature reading hasn’t been set since 1917.
Both NOAA and NASA keep global temperature records that date back to 1880.
According to NASA’s historical data, global average surface temperature starting to consistently deviate to the high side from the “base period” of 1951 to 1980, starting in the late 1970s.
[Washington Post] [AP]