January Broke The Record For Record Hottest Month, Again 

January Broke the Record for Record Hottest Month, Again

Watch out, 2015: you may be the hottest year on record for now, but 2016 just burst out the gates in a blaze. According to data released this week by NASA, January was another record smashing month — the most anomalously warm month in 135 years of record keeping. If this sounds like a familiar story, it's because it is. After all, every month since last April has broken its respective monthly temperature record. And 2015 went out with a scorching bang, from Christmas-like weather in July to a New Years heat wave at the North Pole. December 2015 saw the largest temperature anomaly of any month, with the planet averaging 1.11C warmer than historic records.

But December barely got to enjoy its title before January came along. and once again, our carbon-loaded atmosphere proved that records are made to be broken. Globally, temperatures last month were 1.13 degrees Celsius — slightly over two degrees Fahrenheit — above average.

January Broke the Record for Record Hottest Month, Again Arctic sea ice data through 3 February 2016 shows another record low streak, via NSIDC

There are a few things worth noting in the temperature anomaly graphic at the top. First, the hot spot around the equatorial Pacific is the telltale sign of our raging planetary party animal of an El Niño. But even though Niño's been drinking and driving all year, it can't account for the freakish hot spell that's taken hold in the Arctic, where temperatures averaged 8.25C above normal in some places last month, leading to a new record-low for sea ice.

Even as El Niño shows its first signs of weakness, 2016 is well on its way to becoming another record-setter, raising the prospect of three back-to-back hottest years on record, which would be a record in itself. That sounds a bit crazy, but if we all work together, we can probably do it.

[NASA via Climate Central]

Top image via NASA/GISS

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    How about some stats from our side of the earth which are completely at odds with the northern side or don't they want to give that info out.


        I tried loading the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for climate change stats but was redirected to CenterLink.

      Honestly, what evidence could be presented that you'd accept and would lead you to believe that anthropogenic climate change is a thing that is happening?

        He will be sitting in his house with sea water in his living room, fish swimming around his knees and will be chanting "The earth isn't warning, the ice isn't melting, the waters aren't rising" over and over again, rocking back and forth.

          How about doing some homework instead of posting stupid comments

            That study fails to take into consideration the fact that mush of the sothern hemisphere is covered in ocean, which, as has already been established is absorbing mush of the excess heat and masking the real temperature rise.

            Just wait until the millions of tons of Methane Clathrate are released because the water has gotten too warm.

              Yeah no doubt. Thanks very mush for that. Teehee

        I believe it's happening but it's happening more in the northern hemisphere.

          Cool, no offense intended - my mind just goes to a very specific place when someone says "yeah, but what about X data?!".

          It's an interesting article you posted above, I don't have time right now for more than a quick glance, but it judging surface temperatures? Does it balance out when they take ocean warming into account?

            I think it's because we're so isolated and surrounded by cool waters from the south pole. Less moisture in the air I suppose.

        maybe this might help some - http://www.nature.com/articles/srep20716
        'Elevated CO2 as a driver of global dryland greening' ..and soil moisture levels.

        or try looking at where some of the weather stations are located: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/02/17/how-not-to-measure-temperature-or-climate-change-96/

    A little more math would be nice.
    Start with the "average" temperate over a series of points around the world. Then list the "standard deviation" at the same points.
    Showing variations in terms of standard deviation reduces obscuring the data (what does a degree Celsius variation mean, anyway?)

    So hottest year in 135 years of record keeping. Question, which satellites were nasa using 135 years ago?
    Even 50 years ago?
    While yes there would appear to be a change in the planets climate, could it also be that the devices used for measuring are more accurate than than 135 years ago??

      You do realise there are methods other than Satellites of recording temperatures? Ever heard of a mystical device known as a THERMOMETER?

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