1 January 2016
December 2015 is in the record books and it was not just the warmest December on record for much of the Eastern Seaboard, it broke the old records by an amount that’s best described as incredible. This is what happens when you combine the strongest El Nino event on record, with the hottest year on record globally, along with the hottest oceans on record as well. Dr. Michael Mann at Penn State University was interviewed on the Voice of America today and he puts it all into a very concise perspective.
Dr. Mann was also on MSNBC today: (Click image to view)
Here is a collection of graphics that illustrate what Dr. Mann talked about:
The December global data is not out yet, but the chart from the NCDC below shows the hottest months globally on record.
The floods along the Mississippi are the result of El Nino most certainly, but it’s more than that. The oceans worldwide are record warm, and so is the air temperature. For every degree the air warms, it can hold about 7% MORE water vapor. So in short, El Nino has brought record warmth and rain, but climate change almost certainly made it worse.
Now comes 2016…