Monday, May 15, 2017
JUST IN: Florida suffers hottest four months in 122 years (PALM BEACH POST)
Global warming is here, folks, as is global ocean level rise. Thanks to St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver for her leadership statewide on this issue.
Florida’s average temperature was the highest on record for the first four months of 2017 as the state sufferswidespread brush fires and drought.
According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, Florida’s average temperature for January through April was 66.6 degrees, which is the warmest since records began in 1895.
Florida wasn’t alone in the setting a heat record. Fourteen states stretching from the southwest to the mid-Atlantic also reached their highest average temperatures for January through April.
Forty states were much warmer than average through April.
Jake Crouch, a NOAA climatologist, told Climate Central, that the a February heat wave is what pushed the rankings so high.
“I think the potential development of the El Nino and how the drought conditions expand or intensify going into summer will be the two things to watch on determining how warm 2017 ultimately ends up being,” Crouch told Climate Central.
In South Florida, the first four months of 2017 were the 6th warmest on record based on the average temperature of 71.7 degrees, which is 3.2 degrees above the 20th Century average.
Last year, the contiguous U.S. suffered the second-highest temperature, with scientists calling the breadth of the warmth “unparalleled” in the nation’s climate history.
Earth endured its third consecutive year of record heat in 2016, continuing an alarming, but not surprising, trend of warmer temperatures turbocharged by the humans who call it home, scientists said during a press conference earlier this year.