The results are in. I had to wait for NOAA but this morning they agreed with NASA. September was the hottest September in recorded (since1880) weather history. We are on track for the warmest year on record if the next few months follow the same patterns especially if a projected (67% possibility according to NOAA) El Niño happens. We have actually already had the warmest year on record if your year is October 2013 to September 2014.
“Researchers from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center found that the Earth’s average global land and ocean surface temperature temperature in September was 60.30°F, which is 1.30°F warmer than the 20th century average.”
“In September, NOAA states, “warmer-than-average temperatures were evident over most of the global land surface, except for central Russia, some areas in eastern and northern Canada, and a small region in Namibia. Record warmth was notable in much of northwestern Africa, coastal regions of southeastern South America, southwestern Australia, parts of the Middle East, and regions of southeastern Asia.” Southern California experienced a heat wave in September that forced schools to shorten the school day and saw temperatures that about 15 degrees higher than average for the region.”
For all you pelagic birders looking for rare warm water birds check out the temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.
I don't see how a climate change denier would have any arguments left when you look at the next graph.
NOAA has also report that:
“For the third month this year, the world's oceans set a record for the warmest they have ever been since at least 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Monday.
September had the highest global average sea surface temperatures of any month on record since instrument record-keeping began, with a global average temperature of 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit. This was warm enough to set another milestone that had already been set two previous times this year; the average global sea surface temperature was so warm in September that it broke the all-time record for the highest departure from average for any month since 1880, at 1.19 degrees Fahrenheit above average.”
Things don't look especially good for the Southwest for the rest of the year. NOAA has also release drought tendencies and the Winter temperature forecast.
Who would get your vote for bad news-my blog or NOAA? If you continue reading there is some good news concerning California and some toilet humor.
But first more bad news. Several cities in California are experiencing record warm years. San Francisco and Sacramento are two of these cities. This InsideClimate news story features San Diego.
“San Diego, known for having one of the most desirable climates in the United States, set a record over the summer that will never be broken: It had zero days that were cooler than normal. None. Four were exactly the climatological norm, and 90 were warmer than average.”
Let's look for that good news I promised you.
Millions of households to receive the California Climate Credit in their October/November electric bill.
SACRAMENTO October 15, 2014 – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Air Resources Board are reminding consumers that in October, during National Energy Awareness Month, 10.7 million California households will see a credit averaging $35 on their electricity bills thanks to the State’s cap-and-trade program to fight climate change. This is the second time consumers will receive the Climate Credit, as they also received it this past April, resulting in an overall total credit of $755.5 million to California households.
Did you even notice? Here in P.G.&E. area the credit is $29.80. It could be as high as $35 in other parts of the state. Small businesses receive a monthly credit. It is hoped that California residents will use their credit to purchase energy efficient appliances for their homes. I hope that renters get it passed on to them. I plan on writing about cap and trade programs in the future.
California has completed the highest number of goals to prepare for climate change, followed by Massachusetts and New York, according to a first-of-its-kind 50-state tracking tool unveiled Thursday.
In the last five years, there's been a burst of state efforts to deal with already occurring climate impacts such as more frequent storms and rising sea levels. They've ranged from elevating wastewater treatment plants to insulating roads, building micro-grids for backup power or buying out homes in flood-prone areas.
California has been a leader, achieving 48 or 14% of its 345 self-described climate goals, says the new online tool developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, a nonpartisan research group based at Georgetown University Law School. It passed, for example, a “cool pavements” bill in 2012 to encourage lighter-colored paving materials that reduce the heat-island effect in urban areas .
OK that's not much good news but it just might swing the bad news vote to NOAA.
I have always said that there's nothing like some good toilet humor to end a post. This is toilet humor for a good cause-saving water. Enjoy or don't, it's up to you.