NOAA Reports May 2016 Continued Trend of ‘Warmest Month on Record’

The upward trend in global temperatures continued in May 2016, according to data released on June 16, 2016, making it the 13th consecutive month of the warmest temperatures on record – a trend that is concerning to climatologists.

Calculations made by both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), May 2016 was the hottest month in recorded history. On a positive note, according to NOAA record-keeping, the departure from the average temperature for the month of May was 0.87 degrees Celsius, breaking an existing six-month trend of departures from normal temperatures being 1.0 or more degrees Celsius.

Even with the global warming trend, there were areas of the world that experienced cooler-than-average or near-average temperatures in May 2016, including central Asia, the central United States, southern Greenland, southern South America and parts of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

These average or cooler-than-average areas were offset by areas that set record above-average temperatures, including most of southeast Asia, Central America, northern and eastern Australia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and portions of northern South America.

Areas of weather note in May 2016 include:

  • Phalodi, India experienced its hottest single day on record on May 19, 2016, when the temperature in the drought-stricken region reached 51 degrees Celsius.
  • Alaska experienced the warmest spring on record in 2016, with a temperature departure of 5.5 degrees Celsius above average.
  • In the southern hemisphere, Australia experienced its warmest autumn in 2016, with a temperature departure of 1.86 degrees Celsius above average.
  • The Great Barrier Reef experienced its worst episode of coral bleaching on record in the period 2015-2016, with 93 percent of the reef experiencing some extent of bleaching due to a blob of hot water that traveled the world found its way to the natural wonder.

In addition to the ongoing global warming trend with the report that the last station on earth to have carbon dioxide levels below 400 PPM (parts per million), Antarctica, has now joined the rest of the world in reaching this “milestone” – something that hasn’t occurred in four million years, according to scientists.  The NOAA recorded that reading on May 23, 2016 at its South Pole Observatory. Scientists point to this and the fact that the world as a whole has permanently reached carbon dioxide levels of 400 PPM now and for the foreseeable future as further evidence of man’s influence on the environment.

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