April 2012 heats up as 5th warmest

2012-05-16 12:01

Washington - Unseasonable weather pushed last month to the fifth warmest April on record worldwide, US weather statistics show.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Centre calculated that April's average temperature of 14.4°C was nearly 0.7°C above the 20th Century normal. Two years ago was the hottest April since recordkeeping started in 1880.

Last month was the third hottest April in the US and unusually warm in Russia, but cooler than normal in parts of western Europe. This is despite a now ended La Niña which generally lowers global temperatures.

Temperatures that would have once been considered unusually hot and record breaking now are not even in the top two or three, said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist.

The last time the globe had a month that averaged below the 20th Century normal was February 1985. April makes it 326 months in a row. Nearly half the population of the world has never seen a month that was cooler than normal, according to UN data.

"A warmer world is the new normal," Oppenheimer said. "To me, it's startling to think that a generation has grown up with global warming defining their world."

The first four months of 2012 only rank the 15th warmest on record.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-16 12:06

    Move along people, nothing to see here. Keep consuming, keep spending, keep reproducing.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-16 13:42

    Yes we believe you....lying bast*rds!! The group of scientists note the following facts that refute climate alarmist claims: 1. The lack of global warming for well over 10 years now: This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2. The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections–suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2. 326 months in a row, I think not. The great lie continues

      Mike - 2012-05-16 14:11

      And your credibility is based on what???????

      Morgaen - 2012-05-16 17:52

      Based on a hell of a lot more than Al Gore the Warmist champion (a failed politican too)

      Ernst - 2012-05-16 17:54

      @DanielDennett: Exactly.

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-16 13:53

    "The first four months of 2012 only rank the 15th warmest on record." - Kind of contradicts the rest of the article - now which is it?

      Morgaen - 2012-05-16 17:50

      It's all alarmist lies, so which part to choose is a moot point.

      Ernst - 2012-05-16 17:55

      @Morgean: Morgean, please provide citations to back up your claims.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-17 16:26

    @DANIALDENNET: MY CREDIBILITY IS BASED ON THE REPORT SIGNED BY THE FOLLOWING SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY MEMBERS. Signatories: Claude Allegre, former Director, Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris J. Scott Armstrong, Co-Founder, Journal of Forecasting and International Journal of Forecasting Jan Breslow, Head, Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University Roger Cohen, Fellow, American Physical Society Edward David, Member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences William Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton University Michael Kelly, Professor of Technology, University of Cambridge William Kininmonth, former Head of Climate Research, Australian Bureau of Meteorology Richard Lindzen, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, MIT James McGrath, Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Technical University Rodney Nichols, former President and CEO, New York Academy of Sciences Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. Senator Nir Shaviv, Professor of Astrophysics, Hebrew University Henk Tennekes, former Director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service Antonio Zichichi, President, World Federation of Scientists, Geneva WHAT DO YOU BASE YOURS ON?

      Ernst - 2012-05-18 15:17

      @ludlowdj: As far as the following individuals are concerned, see X: J. Scott Armstrong, Roger Cohen, Edward David, William Happer, Rodney Nichols, Harrison H. Schmitt. X: no climate science publications, member of at least one climate denialist group - GWPF (advisory board), George C. Marshall Institute (board of directors or roundtable speakers), Australian Climate Science Coalition (advisory panel), Heartland Institute (board of directors), and/or ExxonMobil. As far as the following are concerned see Y: Claude Allegre, Jan Breslow, Michael Kelly, James McGrath, Burt Rutan, Antonio Zichichi, Y: no climate science publications or climate denialist group membership

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