Friday, April 24, 2015
Land and Ocean Temperature Anomalies?
LAND AND OCEAN TEMPERATURE ANOMALIES?
by Anton Antonio
April 22, 2015
“Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (therefore, more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as “global warming.” (Antonio, 2014) Global warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and other pollutants. “Gradual increase over a period of time” seems to be the defining characteristic of global warming. Having said this, what happened in the 1st Quarter of 2015 should not be considered global warming; perhaps, a land and ocean temperature anomaly?
Data made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) indicated that the months of January, February and March 2015 are the warmest months ever recorded. According to NOAA, March 2015 was the warmest month on record so far at 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit which is above the 20th Century average and beating the 2010 average by 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit. The JMA also found that March 2015 was the warmest month in its database. These records were established with both agencies using different methods in gathering and analyzing global temperature data and information.
It should be noted that both NOAA and JMA commented that the temperature conditions in the months of January to March 2015 are clear signs of global warming trends. Sadly, these months make these increases in average temperature a clear case of global warming and/or climate change… and not just simple cases of land and ocean temperature anomalies.
Just my little thoughts…
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Antonio, A. C. (2015). “The Greenhouse Effect”. Retrieved on April 22, 2015 from http://antonantonio.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-greenhouse-effect.html
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