NASA: Globally, June Was Second Warmest On Record

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How hot was it in June? So hot that NASA reports the only warmer June in the global temperature record was 1998, a year juiced by both global warming and a super El Niño.

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?

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21 Responses to NASA: Globally, June Was Second Warmest On Record

  1. BillD says:

    The public will be convinced when the next El Nino arrives.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      ‘Fraid not. The rational ones are already convinced, a tiny percent of ignoramuses is beginning to wake up, thanks to repeated blows to the head delivered by reality, but the Rightwing denialist hard-core will deny, and deny, and deny until the end of time.

      • BillD says:

        My reference to the “public” refers neither to the scientifically informed nor the denialists, but a large majority who follow the popular culture and, like the popular media are unaware that a disaster is fast approaching. It would make a difference if 80% of Americans concluded that climate change is a big issue.

  2. D. R. Tucker says:

    On the Green Front 7/17/13 (Featuring John Reaves of Citizens Climate Lobby)

  3. Joan Savage says:

    The Antarctica early winter anomaly raises three questions, at least!

    What might be changing in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current that usually contributes to the continent’s extreme winter cold?

    Is anything changing in the ozone and other high altitude conditions?

    How does a mid-continent warm anomaly compare with the Greenland history?

    I’m hoping the answers come before long.

    Somewhat OT, In rummaging around for a way to compare the Antarctic winter to Greenland’s milder winter temperatures, I found CRU has a monthly compilation record for Greenland; it is incomplete, 1784 – 2005, and doesn’t carry us up to the most recent summer melt anomalies, but it seems too interesting not to share.

  4. rollin says:

    At least we have an idea of what is going to happen in the near future. Whether our preparations are adequate or not, at least we have been warned.

    I think it is dismal that so little money is being spent on climate change studies and new sensor systems. The level of denial is strong and most do not want to deal with reality.

    • Sasparilla says:

      Well said rollin.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Most people, particularly in the materialistic and spiritually disconnected West, deny their own individual death, until the bitter end. So why not group denial, as well?

    • Rose says:

      That’s one reason I would love to see our taxes that now go to subsidies for fossil fuel go to clean energy, efficient and ubiquitous public transport and conservation measures. Sign the petition if you agree. Our lives depend on cleaning up our act NOW and dealing with the mess we’ve already set into motion.

  5. Colorado Bob says:

    By the numbers

    • Fairbanks has never before had this many days with temperatures of 85 degrees or higher. So far this year, Fairbanks has seen 11 days where temperatures reached 85. That’s more than three times the average.

    • Nights also have been warmer than normal:

    Number of nights temps never fell below 60 degrees: 12

    Only 1975 had more.

    • Rainfall has been low:

    Inches of rainfall since May 1: 0.98

  6. Colorado Bob says:

    Climate Change 10,000 Times Faster Than Evolution

    What they found was that the species could handle a global temperature change of about one degree centigrade per million years. Their results appear in a paper in the latest issue of the journal Ecology Letters.

  7. Hugh Campbell says:

    I wonder if anyone can divine the reason behind this “2nd vx 5th” dichotomy?

    Earth had fifth hottest June on record, report says