NOAA reports today that 2010 is the hottest year on record globally so far from January through April. April is also the hottest on record globally.
Here are the highlights from the NOAA report:
•The combined April global land and ocean average surface temperature was the warmest on record at 58.1°F (14.5°C), which is 1.37°F (0.76°C) above the 20th century average of 56.7°F (13.7°C).
•The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the warmest on record for January-April at 56.0°F (13.3°C), which is 1.24°F (0.69°C) above the 20th century average.
•El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) weakened in April, as sea-surface temperature anomalies decreased across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The weakening contributed significantly to the warmth observed in the tropical belt and the warmth of the overall ocean temperature for April. According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, El Niño is expected to continue through June.
•Arctic sea ice was below normal for the 11th consecutive April, covering an average of 5.7 million square miles (14.7 million square kilometers). This is 2.1 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent and the 15th smallest April extent since records began in 1979. It was, however, the largest April Arctic sea ice extent since 2001.
•Based on NOAA satellite observations, snow cover extent was the fourth-lowest on record (since 1967), and below the 1967-2010 average for the Northern Hemisphere for the seventh consecutive April. Warmer-than-normal conditions over North America, Europe and parts of Russia contributed to the small snow footprint.
•The North American snow cover extent for the month was the smallest on record for April. It also was the largest negative anomaly, meaning difference below the long-term average, on record for any month.
With 2010 now 1/3 complete, the globe in on pace for the hottest year on record.
Take a look at these remarkable facts from NOAA about the duration of warmer than average temperatures globally.
•April 2010 was the 302nd consecutive month with average global surface (land + ocean) temperature above the 20th century average.
◦The last April with below average temperatures occurred in 1976.
◦The last month with an average global surface (land + ocean) temperature below the 20th century average was February 1985.
Think about those facts for a minute. The odds of having 302 months in a row with above averge global temperatures is astounding. Not once in 25 years has the earth seen a single month cooler than the 20th century average.
Last October I posted that there were several indications that 2010 could be the hottest year on record globally. So far those indications are right on track.
What about the global warming on Mars?
I'm not a denier or anything, and I fully support and defend the evidence of climate change, but one thing that occurred to me whilst reading this...if you've had 25 years above average...maybe the average is incorrect. Put another way, if the above-average months started all the way back in 1985, maybe we should be comparing against another, earlier set of data. You can't be above average for ever. Does that make sense or am I rambling? I'm trying to get into words what I'm thinking and it isn't working well.
@ Disco - I heard average described like this once"if your butt is in a freezer and head in blast furnace on average your comfortable"