23 January 2014

2013 4th Warmest Year On Global Record

Posted by Dan Satterfield

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This is why the global temperature is not taken in your backyard in January. When you average the entire globe for an entire year, a much different picture emerges. NASA Aqua satellite image of a cold and snowy Mid-Atlantic Wednesday morning.

NOAA calculated that 2013 was the 4th warmest year on record globally, and NASA using a slightly different method ranked it 7th. In both cases, the ten warmest years on record have all been since 1998.

Graphic ctsy. Climate Central

Graphic ctsy. Climate Central

With the bitter cold in the Eastern U.S. today, this is a perfect time to illustrate the difference between climate and weather. Climate change doesn’t mean it neverĀ  gets cold and snowy. It does mean that it happens less often, and is not as severe. When you look at longer periods (that average out the natural cycles of weather and climate) the rise in temperature from the increasing greenhouse gases is very apparent.

NASA has some graphics showing where the warming was most noticeable.

The high latitudes continue to show the greatest temperature anomalies. From NASA.

The high latitudes continue to show the greatest temperature anomalies. From NASA.

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NASA Image.