The new monthly data from NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center agrees with the NASA data I blogged on a few days ago:
- The globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was the fifteenth warmest on record for February, the sixteenth warmest for boreal winter (December-February), and the January-February year-to-date period ranked twenty-second warmest.
- The presence of a strong La Ni±a contributed to a global average temperature that was the coolest since the La Ni±a episode of 2000-2001.
So it was relatively quite warm, even with a strong La Ni±a. No doubt the next El Ni±o year we see will be the warmest year on record. Anybody want to take a $1000 bet against that? Delayer-1000s, where are you?
Jeers to the Bush Administration’s NOAA/NCDC for the headline “NOAA: Coolest December-February Since 2001 for U.S., Globe.” Presumably they are happy to feed the delayer-1000 meme that we’re in a cooling trend. And the Drudge Report was happy to oblige them by running that exact headline.
Let’s get this straight. We have some short-term cooling from a strong La Ni±a. And a little more cooling from being at a solar irradiance minimum. And we still have the 16th warmest winter on record. The planet is warming — deal with it (please). Not only that, but the most abnormally warm place is the worst possible location from the perspective of carbon cycle feedbacks [click to enlarge]:
That’s right. We’re running upwards of 9°F warmer than normal in the land of the
permafrost permamelt. This is worrisome because:
- Siberia contains probably the world’s largest amount of carbon locked away in the permafrost.
- The permafrost is increasingly not so perma.
- Much of that carbon would be released as methane, which is 23 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
I’m working on a two-part permamelt update for Climate Progress. Definitely not for the squeamish.
Part 2 of this post will deal with Arctic ice.
See also this Jeff Masters post.