By contrast, 2013 has been hovering between a weak La Niña and ENSO-neutral conditions, which would normally mean below-average global average temperatures — if it weren’t for that pesky accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies reports the June 2013 surface temperature anomalies (compared to the 1951-1980 average):
Yes, parts of Antarctica were nearly off the charts. What could go wrong with that?
- West Antarctica Warming Three Times Faster Than Global Average, Threatening To Destabilize This Unstable Ice Sheet
- Summer Ice Melt On Antarctic Peninsula Is Now Nonlinear, Fastest In Over 1000 Years; lead researcher warns, “The Antarctic Peninsula has warmed to a level where even small increases in temperature can now lead to a big increase in summer ice melt.”