March 30, 2017 by John Crapper
Temperature records continue to be set as Donald Trump continues to have his head here on climate change.
During February, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 41.2°F, 7.3°F above the 20th century average. This ranked as the second warmest February in the 123-year period of record. Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. was record warm in February. Only February 1954 was warmer for the nation at 41.4°F. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the average temperature across the contiguous U.S. was 35.9°F, 3.7°F above average, the sixth warmest winter on record.
August, 2016 marked a not-so-sweet 16 months of record warmth for the globe, the longest such streak in 137 years.
The globally averaged sea surface temperature was second warmest on record for August and warmest on record for both the season (June–August) and the year to date (January–August).
The globally averaged land surface temperature was record high for August, the season (June–August) and the year to date (January–August).
Record-warm continents: Africa and Asia had their warmest August; South America had its second; North America its sixth; Europe its 10th; and Oceania its 19th.
The average Arctic sea ice extent for August was 23.1 percent below the 1981–2010 average. This was the fourth smallest August extent since records began in 1979.
The average Antarctic sea ice extent for August was 0.2 percent above the 1981–2010 average, the 19th largest on record for the month.
So while the Donald keeps an “open mind” while pursuing a policy of expanding the exploration and drilling of fossil fuels throughout the country and beyond while ignoring the consensus that climate change exists by 97% of the scientific community the facts keep mounting up.
So we must all continue to turn up the heat on our business and political leaders to confront this building nemesis to our security and way of life despite the President’s “head up his ass” stance.
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