Scientists alarmed by February’s hottest month

NASA declared February 2016, the warmest ever month, and the average global temperature was 1. 35degC warmer than long-term average and 0.2degC more than January 2016)., which was the most unusually warm month. NASA released its February temperature data on Saturday. This confirms earlier reports from March, that the planet is experiencing a drastic increase in temperature. Is this a sign that global warming is returning with a long-term vengeance after the short-term slowdown? It is best to just wait to see if the answer to that question can be found. The figure for February was much higher than the 1951-1980 baseline period. Image: taken from data.giss.nasa.gov. February’s figure was far higher than any other month (compared to 1951-1980 base period). Gavin Schmidt (Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies), tweeted that February’s figures were “special”. NASA’s global temperature data ranges from a 1951- baseline about 0.3degC above the level before the industrial revolution. The February data show that this was the first time since records started when the average global temperature rose above 1.5 degrees Celsius. Extremely hot in Northern Hemisphere 76degC, and 5. 36degC is warmer than the 1951-1980 baseline. According to scientists around the globe, February’s average global temperature likely exceeded 1 year records (for that month). Based on data proxy from different regions of the globe, reconstruction of global sea-level change. This red line shows the global rise of 5-6 cm since 2000, based on satellite data. The red line will rise even more due to the rapid global warming. (Image from realclimate.org). It is impossible to predict whether the recent rise in global temperatures will be a short-term blip, or an ongoing trend. Experts are increasingly concerned that this may be a sign of more to come. We are only at the beginning of a trend that will accelerate throughout the remainder of the century. Global warming may accelerate. The ice in Antarctic and Arctic regions could melt faster than predicted. This would lead to more severe sea level rises, flooding, especially in low-lying regions like Florida, Bangladesh, Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula. In recent years, greenhouse gas emissions have increased at an alarming rate. The largest annual increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) since records started was last year. This is significantly more than what the planet has seen for many hundreds of thousands years. Analysis by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies of anomalies in global surface temperatures. February 2016. Compare the reddish hues of Artic and Northern hemisphere regions to the south of the Equator. (Image: NASA/GISS). The blog Weather Underground featured the comment of Jeff Masters, Bob Henson, meteorologists: “This result was a true surpriseer and yet another reminder about the incessant, long-term increase in global temperature due to human-produced greenhouse gasses.”

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