Record-break­ing tem­per­a­tures con­tinue into this year: NOAA

The China Post - - LIFE - BY SETH BOREN­STEIN

There’s been no break from the globe’s record heat — the first three months of 2015 have set new high tem­per­a­ture marks.

The U. S. Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NOAA) said last month’s av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of 56.4 de­grees Fahren­heit (13.6 de­grees Cel­sius) was the hottest March on record, av­er­ag­ing 1.5 de­grees above the av­er­age for the 20th cen­tury. It broke a record set in 2010.

For the first three months of 2015, the globe was 55.6 de­grees (13.1 de­grees Cel­sius), break­ing the record set in 2002. Records go back to 1880. NOAA cli­mate sci­en­tist Jes­sica Blun­den said 2015 prob­a­bly will break 2014’s hottest year mark if con­di­tions persist. The first three months of 2015 were nearly a tenth of a de­gree higher than the old record and four-tenths of a de­gree warmer than Jan­uary through March of last year, which turned out to be warm­est year recorded.

Much of the most ab­nor­mal heat has been in the Pa­cific Ocean and places near it. The north­east­ern United States has been one of the few colder-than-nor­mal spots on the globe with en­tire con­ti­nents of Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia com­ing in solidly warmer than nor­mal.

Cal­i­for­nia was a spe­cial hot case. Not only was the state’s Jan­uary through March av­er­age tem­per­a­ture 7.5 de­grees warmer than nor­mal, it smashed the old record, which was set just last year, by 1.8 de­grees.

Blun­den blames the record heat on a com­bi­na­tion of El Nino, a blob of record hot wa­ter in the North­east Pa­cific Ocean and hu­man- caused cli­mate change. None of them show signs of slow­ing down, she said.

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