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Hottest January on Record

Via the DMN:  Phil Plait: Last month was the hottest January on record — by a lot.

January 2016 was the hottest January globally since records began in 1880. And it didn’t just edge out the previous record holder for January, it destroyed it.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Ron Beasley says:

    It’s times like this that I’m glad I’m old and don’t have any grandchildren.

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  2. Moosebreath says:

    And the 4 months on record with the largest deviations from historical norms are the last 4 months.

    “January 2016 also marked the ninth consecutive month that the monthly temperature record was been broken and the fourteenth consecutive month (since December 2014) that the monthly global temperature ranked among the three warmest for its respective month in the NOAA database.”

    Oh, that global warming…

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  3. Hal_10000 says:

    Large part of that is we’re having a massive el nino immediately after a long series of la ninas (I saw a talk where Michael Mann showed that la ninas may be more common when the Earth is warming). But yeah, global warming playing a big part too.

    And, yes, even the satellite data is showing it.

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  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I guess we can add Phil’s name to the list of conspirators.

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  5. Guarneri says:

    Ah-ha!!! Now we know why the Chinese have tanked their economy.

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  6. DrDaveT says:

    @Guarneri:

    Now we know why the Chinese have tanked their economy.

    WTF?

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  7. bill says:

    @Ron Beasley: i do, so they’ll have warmer weather for a spell- and then it’ll change again….jezzus. people your age were saying the same crap in the 70’s, and we’re still here.

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  8. DrDaveT says:

    @bill:

    so they’ll have warmer weather for a spell- and then it’ll change again

    You can’t possibly really be that ignorant, can you? Gotta be a troll…

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  9. Franklin says:

    Hmm, I can’t figure out where all the “pause” people are today …

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  10. Franklin says:

    @Ron Beasley: Actually, I wish you did have grandchildren. I’m sure I’d rather have them in control of the future than a bunch of Duggars.

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  11. Tyrell says:

    @DrDaveT: Well, our December was warm, but January was colder, and February was very cold and wet. Depends on where you are.

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  12. DrDaveT says:

    @Tyrell:

    Well, our December was warm, but January was colder, and February was very cold and wet. Depends on where you are.

    Yes, and some slaves were actually treated quite humanely. I see your point.

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  13. gVOR08 says:

    @DrDaveT: Motivated reasoning. And Bill seems very motivated. After all, Sen Inhoffe (R-Koch) was once able to make a snowball in February, so there.

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  14. Sherparick says:

    @DrDaveT: Sadly, about 45% of the population, including apparently most of the U.S.’s media and business elite, think the same thing.

    “…A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.” The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkel

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Upton Sinclair

    Lots of people’s salaries, from the American Enterprise Institute to Exxon to Fox News and everything in between depend on not accepting the facts of global warming. As Senator Grassley said in the context of another debate, they “don’t care what the history books say about them, they have a job to do.”

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  15. Barry says:

    @Hal_10000: “Large part of that is we’re having a massive el nino immediately after a long series of la ninas (I saw a talk where Michael Mann showed that la ninas may be more common when the Earth is warming). But yeah, global warming playing a big part too.”

    Remember that 1998 was a serious El Nino year (you can see it in the temperature trends as a spike).

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  16. Barry says:

    @bill: “i do, so they’ll have warmer weather for a spell- and then it’ll change again….jezzus. people your age were saying the same crap in the 70’s, and we’re still here.”

    Scientist were not saying things like that in the 1970’s; this has actually been studied.

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  17. Barry says:

    @Franklin: :Hmm, I can’t figure out where all the “pause” people are today …”

    It is surprising; the obvious thing to do is to declare that Nothing Counts Right Now Because El Nino.

    That both buys several more years, and earns double points for dishonesty, because denialists have been using the 1998 El Nino for ~15 years.

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