20 November 2018
While there are a lot of folks who think the Earth is flat and that the planet is cooling, those who live in the real world can add another statistic to the bad news: October was the 406th month in a row with temperatures above the 20th-century average. It was also the second warmest on the instrument record.
Some more tidbits:
The top ten warmest October’s on record have all been since 2003.
The last 5 Octobers have been the hottest on record.
More from NOAA:
Averaged as a whole, the temperature across the global land and ocean surfaces was 0.86°C (1.55°F) above the 20th-century average and placed as the second highest October temperature since global records began in 1880. The record warm October was set in 2015 at +0.99°C (+1.78°F). This marks the 42nd consecutive October and the 406th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.
Oh, and for the Flat Earth Society that met in Denver this week. I’m sure they have a perfectly insane explanation for this, (spare me that) but here’s an image from three geostationary weather satellites at the same moment today.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler