As weather extremes multiply, Colombian Prez pleas, “The tragedy the country is going through has no precedents in our history”
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has released its monthly global temperature data. It reveals that there is no April in the temperature record before 2005 that was warmer than April 2011.
And that’s in spite of the fact that we are still in the tail end of a major La Ni±a and just coming out of “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.” April 2011 is surpassed in warmth only by 2005, 2007, and 2010. It tied with 2002 and just beat 1998.
The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology foresees a transition to an El Ni±o this summer. NOAA only foresees “ENSO-neutral conditions.” NASA’s Hansen had predicted back in October that “It is likely that 2012 will reach a record high global temperature.” An El Ni±o would make that an extreme likelihood.
We have, as reported, seen almost unbelievable extreme weather in this country (see Hell and High Water: Weather Channel labels Texas drought and Mississippi floods truly “exceptional”; Masters: This is “only” a “1-in-100 to 1-in-300 year flood).”
We have also been seeing record-smashing extreme weather around the globe, from England to Canada, from Colombia to China — but the U.S. media is so focused on the Mississippi that these events have received little attention here.
April was the hottest in the Central England Temperature record going back some 350 years: