Halfway To Hell (And High Water): 333rd Month In A Row Global Temperatures Exceed Long-Term Average

Okay, NOAA’s State of the Climate Report for November isn’t the Mayan meteorological forecast. And the Apocalypse isn’t quite “now.” But this part of the NOAA report is kind of ominous:

Including this November, the 10 warmest Novembers have occurred in the past 12 years. The 10 coolest Novembers on record all occurred prior to 1920. November 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive November and 333rd consecutive month with global temperature higher than the long-term average. The last month with a below average temperature was February 1985, nearly 28 years ago.

As Grist noted last month, “If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month.” In Minnesota’s fictional Lake Wobegon, “all the children are above average.” But with warming, it’s more like Wobegun, because it’s only going to get hotter and hotter — at an accelerating pace if we don’t reverse carbon pollution trends ASAP (see “We’re Already Topping Dust Bowl Temperatures — Imagine What’ll Happen If We Fail To Stop 10°F Warming“).

This is the temperature map for the first 11 months of the year:

Record warmth — easy to find (see “Record-Smashing Early December Assures 2012 Will Be Hottest In U.S. History“). Record cold, not so much.

As Grist dryly noted (and noting things dryly is how Grist made its bones):

August 2040 will (possibly) be the 666th straight month with higher-than-average global temperatures (somewhat undermining the concept of average). The map for that month will likely be a pure splotch of red, as Earth will have been consumed by hellfire. Please prepare appropriately.

So we are halfway to Hell (and High Water). Can’t say we weren’t warned.

H/t Scott Brophy

21 Responses to Halfway To Hell (And High Water): 333rd Month In A Row Global Temperatures Exceed Long-Term Average

  1. prokaryotes says:

    I find it very interesting that the most “record warmest” spots appear around the United States. Another thing on “records for the US” which i recently noticed is this study on SLR:

    The study homed in on one “hotspot,” where sea levels are rising more than three times faster than the global average: the 621-mile (1,000-kilometer) stretch along the eastern United States’ Atlantic coast.

    From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to north of Boston, Mass., tide-gauge records reveal sea levels have increased on average about 0.08 inches (2 millimeters) per year from 1950 to 2009. Globally, meanwhile, sea levels have increased about 0.02 inches (0.6 millimeter) per year during that window. Records for a more recent, 40-year period, beginning in 1970, revealed faster rates of sea-level rise both globally and for this stretch of the U.S. East Coast.

  2. Michelle M says:

    Karma! But we can’t stop driving pickups and SUVs and cranking up the heat instead of wearing sweaters, or cranking up the air conditioning to freeze our tails off, when 75 is a comfortable temp.

  3. catman306 says:

    Just pointing out that because global warming is an exponential process (non-linear) we may be well beyond half way to hell.

  4. Ken Barrows says:

    But Lord Monckton told me that global warming stopped in 1996!

  5. Rick says:

    Personally, I think we (the planet) are well past the point of no return. I don’t see any action happening to reduce CO2, anywhere on the planet, that will make a difference.

    This is a good site, but site’s like these just speak to the choir, for the most part.

    Don’t have kids. They just add to CO2 build up, and they will not have a future. I have none.

    Reduce your CO2 footprint.

    Prepare for what’s coming, based on your age and current means.

    Move to an area in the world, that may fair better, when AGW really takes hold.

    Finally, if you’re over 50, like me, and have a plan to live a sustainable lifestyle, things just may work out for people our age. Younger than 50, not so much.

  6. Merrelyn Emery says:

    I wouldn’t bet on that for the >50s – the current rate of change will spur mutations and there are plenty of bacteria and viruses that have their sights on us right now, ME

  7. rollin says:

    That weather report had me and the wife in stitches. It is so funny, thanks for a good laugh. I love the no weather on Saturday.

  8. Steve in Miami says:

    Years ago I read Joe Romm’s book “Hell and High Water” and I distinctly remember going to sleep shocked and literally nauseated at how serious our predicament is.

    I just couldn’t believe that things could be so bad….sounded like science fiction. And of course since then, the news has only gotten worse and worse.

    We were warned, and are still being warned everyday but still no one listens.

    btw, am I the only one here absolutely DREADING this spring and summer?

  9. Paul Magnus says:

    There was an Interesting King Tide here in the NW this week.

    Certainly the highest I have seen. Most people are saying its the highest they have ever seen in this area. Certainly in the last 30yrs. And it was for Seattle…

    Was only last year we nearly had one this sort of hight also.

    This one was at least 2 – 3 inch higher this year. Things could get interesting if this sort of SLR acceleration is sustained on King Tides on this sort of time scale…

  10. MorinMoss says:

    He also said he has a cure for AIDS and that he has a Hawaiian birth certificate.

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Some may even be naturally occurring.

  12. Ozonator says:

    Typical denier meteorologists failed to include the ozone level in hopes of getting ice-water through Keystone’s new pipeline from the GOP’s water closet.

  13. Colorado Bob says:

    USGS –
    Emerging Consensus Shows Climate Change Already Having Major Effects on Ecosystems and Species

    Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events – such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating – at faster rates than researchers documented just a few years ago, according to a technical report on biodiversity and ecosystems used as scientific input for the 2013 Third National Climate Assessment.
    The report, Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services, synthesizes the scientific understanding of the way climate change is affecting ecosystems, ecosystem services and the diversity of species, as well as what strategies might be used by natural resource practitioners to decrease current and future risks. More than 60 federal, academic and other scientists, including the lead authors from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University in Tempe, authored the assessment.

    “These geographic range and timing changes are causing cascading effects that extend through ecosystems, bringing together species that haven’t previously interacted and creating mismatches between animals and their food sources,” said Nancy Grimm, a scientist at ASU and a lead author of the report.

  14. prokaryotes says:

    November 2012: Earth’s 333rd consecutive warmer-than-average month

  15. Raul M. says:

    Can’t say we weren’t warmed.

  16. BillD says:

    Bob: I was on sabattical in The Netherlands in 2009 and attended the annual meeting of the Dutch Ecological Society. About 1/3 of the talks were about species invasions and range changes. In Europe, with its smaller countries, people and scientists are very aware of plants and animals from, say, Spain, moving into France, The Netherlands and Germany. In the US, there is less publicity when species from, say Tennesee, move into Indiana and Michigan. No doubt that the signal of climate change is very strong in ecological communities around the world. (I’m a professor of ecology).

  17. Joe Romm says:


  18. Esop says:

    When the world (likely) does not end on December 21st, we will see Op-eds in rags like Wall Street Journal use that as proof that climate science is also wrong.

  19. Earthling says:

    This stuff reminds me of Billy Graham rallies.
    And this:
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
    H.L. Mencken

  20. Not to be published says:

    If we’re half way, hell must be August 2040.