September 2020 Heat Melts Record!

A very crowded beach in Huntington Beach, California as the state bakes in a historic heat wave. On October 14, 2020, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, “Earth reached a record hot September. There’s nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up as the globe’s hottest year on record.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Greetings! Today I have more sobering news on human-caused climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explained, “Earth reached a record hot September and there’s nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up as the globe’s hottest year on record.” NOAA continued and said, “Boosted by human-caused climate change, global temperatures averaged 60.75 degrees (15.97 Celsius) last month, edging out 2015 and 2016 for the hottest September in 141 years of recordkeeping. That’s 1.75 degrees (0.97 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average.”

NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo said, “This record was driven by high heat in Europe, Northern Asia, Russia and much of the Southern Hemisphere. California and Oregon had their hottest Septembers on record. Earth has had 44 straight Septembers where it has been warmer than the 20th century average and 429 straight months without a cooler than normal month. The hottest seven Septembers on record have been the last seven.”

North Carolina state climatologist Kathie Dello said, “No millennial or even parts of Gen-X has lived through a cooler than normal September.” Kathie Dello, herself is also a millennial. 

So, what is causing this record-breaking heat? Sanchez-Lugo said, “What’s happening is a combination of global warming from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas and natural variability.” “But the biggest factor is the human-caused warming,” both Sanchez-Lugo and Dello said.

Dello continued and said, “The globe set this record despite a La Nina, which is a cooling of parts of the central Pacific that changes weather patterns and usually slightly lowers temperatures. A La Nina is no match for how much we’re warming the planet.”

NOAA’s Sanchez-Lugo said, “The first nine months of 2020 are the second warmest on record, a shade behind 2016 when there was a strong warming El Nino.” Her NOAA office calculations show, “there’s a 64.7% that 2020 will pass 2016 in the last three months to take the title as the warmest year on record. And if it doesn’t make it, it’ll easily be in the top three, probably top two. We’re catching up to 2016. It’s a very tight race.”

Colorado University weather data scientist Sam Lillo said, “With the climate trend, heat records that looked like it would take many years to break get passed quicker.”

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