Clear and oddly warm this early Wednesday on California’s north coast. After some rainy/drizzly days, nice to experience a sharp, translucent morning unaccompanied by chilly temperatures — creates a somewhat amiable ambience to the air.
Heavy-rain free for the next couple of days, supposedly ‘isolated thunderstorms‘ maybe, but seemingly just ‘patchy drizzle‘ until tomorrow sometime when real-rain is forecast for the area. Real-rain is usually warm, too.
Heat generated like a percolator (yesterday’s Climate Central): ‘Month after month this year, above-average — and sometimes record — global temperatures have piled up, raising the odds that this year will be the hottest one humanity has ever experienced. And now October has blown those records out of the water.’
(Illustration found here).
Bright sunrise sunshine, too, and still warm, though, temperatures are way-relative. In our case here on the coast, most-likely the warmth caused by an extra-fine misty fog that still shimmers just below the tree and power poles — beautiful morning!
Connected, of course, being the word, ‘warm,’ really being ‘not-as-cold.’
According to WXshift this morning, California’s north coast during this time of the year has been getting warmer — in November 1970, our temperature average for the month was 46.9F, and as of November 2014, 48.1F.
And this year is something else…
More on hot-October from Climate Central:
According to newly released NASA data, October was not only the warmest October on record, but had the biggest temperature difference of any month in the 135 years of NASA’s archive.
The month was more than a full degree Celsius (nearly 2°F) above the average for the 1951-1980 base period that NASA uses — an unprecedented feat in all those years of data.
The global average temperature for the year so far gives 2015 a 99.9 percent chance that 2015 will best 2014 as the warmest year in the books, according to Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which keeps the temperature records.
The virtually assured record is a mark of the steady upward march of global temperatures thanks to the accumulation of greenhouses gases in the atmosphere, as well as a very strong El Niño.
That news comes amid a flurry of other climate milestones: The year is likely to finish with global temperatures at about 1°C above preindustrial levels, halfway past the stated international goal of limiting temperature rise to no more than 2°C from that baseline.
International climate talks are scheduled to begin later this month in Paris to hammer out an agreement toward that goal.
Carbon dioxide levels are also currently drifting back above 400 parts per million, possibly never to dip back down again for the foreseeable future as a strong El Niño event lends the buildup of the greenhouse gas an extra push.
El Niño is a major factor in this year’s considerable heat.
The event is expected to be one of the three strongest on record.
In fact, by one measure, it has already entered the record books, as ocean temperatures in a key region of the Pacific Ocean climbed above those of the blockbuster 1997-1998 event.
And this just the real-sense of the initial future…