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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.”


BB-Idaho said...

Atmospheric indicators, such as
rising temperatures, sea levels,
storm patterns and shifting rain/drought areas are more than enough to affect military planning. But insurance companies and other businesses are watching and planning as well. We note the
ongoing biological indicators as well (the canary in the mine) and
are seeing the demise of the wolverine
as well as shifting migratory patterns of other species. Of one thing we may be sure: when humanity is up to its armpits in
seawater or slogging through desert sand, the Koch-funded climate 'experts' will still be
in denial.

Flying Junior said...

Well, from my little weather station twenty miles north of the San Ysidro border crossing there were a few extreme weather events worthy of notice. We had two one hundred degree plus Santa Ana conditions in May where the high temperatures bumped up against one hundred degrees almost all the way to the coast. As far as I know, unheard of in modern times.

The second problem wasn't quite so bad. We had warm water for ocean swimming starting in early June and lasting until the first week in October, an unprecedented 17 weeks of swimming fun. In July and August it was literally a bathtub. This is also related to a mild El NiƱo condition that had been developing since Spring. It was a perfect storm for nice summer weather. I was in Point Reyes National Seashore for the solstice. Not a cloud in the sky. A peninsula jutting out into the ocean in Marin County. The first real clouds I saw were distilling around the Sausalito Island two weeks later.

Unfortunately, snowfall and rain totals for California mark the third and most painful year of drought. Native plants are withering and dying. Mount Shasta was completely bare of any snow at all in late June. Across the state lakes and reservoirs are at near all-time lows.

Duckys here said...

Well, Shaw, it was inevitable.

Radical Redneck has created an alternate "Duckys Here" page. It can be identified by a heavily pixilated avatar on the profile page.

So if you get any posts that seem out of correct from my screenID, it's you know who.

Shaw Kenawe said...

He did the very same thing to me. I checked out his impostor "Duckys Here," and guess what? The ID page has exactly the same categories and answers he used to impersonate me.

Lisa's Porn Blog now has the distinction of being an Excrement Blog as well, since people like Radical Redneck are allowed to crap all over the place.

BTW, I'd never mistake Radical's impostor for you, since he and his pals are barely literate.