Tuesday, October 14, 2014
September 2014 Warmest on Record
September 2014 warmest on record.
September 2014 was the warmest September on record globally for land/ocean combined, averaging 0.77 degrees C. above the 1951-1980 global mean.
May and August of 2014 were also the warmest of those respective months globally, according to GISS. Records go back to 1880. September of 2005, which averaged +0.73 degrees C. now falls to second warmest on record for September.
So far through September, 2014 is averaging 0.65 degrees above the 1951-1980 mean, according to the GISS data, which currently puts it on pace to be the 2nd warmest year on record behind 2010.
However, if latest trends continue into December then 2014 will likely end up the warmest on record. What is impressive is that we are still not officially under El Nino conditions.
Climate Change/Global Warming deniers can take their skepticism to the military and tell them they're wrong.
The Pentagon's recent announcement won't change lunkheaded deniers' opinions, but it will be interesting to witness how they'll deal with this:
RELEASE: Military Leaders Agree with New Pentagon Roadmap: Climate Change an “Immediate Risk to National Security”
Washington, D.C. — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, concurs with the U.S. Department of Defense’s recently-released 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (CCAR), which states:
“Climate change will affect the DoD’s ability to defend the nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security.” CCS also supports concrete actions called for in the roadmap, such as the integration of climate change considerations into “Department-wide plans and guidance to the Combatant Commanders,” while noting that important choices lie ahead.
Climate change threatens national security, Pentagon says
Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday.
The report, described as a “climate change adaptation roadmap,” included a foreword from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in which he urged the nation’s military’s planners to grapple now with the implications of a warming planet, even as scientists are “converging toward consensus on future climate projections.”
“Politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound planning,” Hagel said. “Our armed forces must prepare for a future with a wide spectrum of possible threats, weighing risks and probabilities to ensure that we will continue to keep our country secure.”