Alaska had its 17th warmest December
It was relatively cool over CONUS in December, but not closet to record-shattering, as NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reported (see below). And, as Capital Climate notes, this 14th coldest December followed the third warmest November.
Also, Alaska had its 17th warmest December. It’d be nice if NCDC would combine the two in reporting, since Alaska is getting baked these days.
It was a relatively warm year (again), part of a long-term warming trend even over the tiny fraction of the Earth that CONUS covers, as NCDC reports:
So, no, we’re not cooling, as inaccuweather meteorologist Bastardi asserts, not even in the contiguous United States. If you’d like to see just how non-record-breaking December was for CONUS, here’s the chart:
We should get the global data for December and the entire year next week from NOAA and NASA, and again it will be crystal clear that the climate system as a whole is warming unequivocally.
For more, see WWF’s “For First Decade of the 21st Century, U.S. Annual Temperatures Remain Above Normal.”
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- Looks like I’m going on FoxNews today because it’s cold outside
- Must-read AP story: Statisticians reject global cooling; Caldeira “” “To talk about global cooling at the end of the hottest decade the planet has experienced in many thousands of years is ridiculous.” Levitt “said he does not believe there is a cooling trend”!!