Yup. Last month was the hottest May on record.

❝ It’s a familiar theme: each year, it seems, is the hottest year on record. The most recent climate change milestone in the U.S. occurred last month, when the country experienced its hottest May ever recorded. “Nature is dealing cards from a very different deck now compared to the 20th century,” climate scientist David Titley told USA Today. The average temperature for May in the lower 48 states was 65.4°F, 5.2°F above the average temperature for the month in the 20th century. Prior to this year, the record hottest May occurred in 1934, at the height of the Dust Bowl.

Meanwhile, our Fake President stops lying long enough to wander off into simple-minded fantasy and conspiracy theory. “Climate change is a Chinese hoax.” At a minimum it takes a chump to support Trump. There must be some limits to ignorance and blind faith, rejection of science and historic knowledge.

Maybe not?

17 thoughts on “Yup. Last month was the hottest May on record.

  1. Cassandra says:

    “We were warned
    On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was “the opening salvo of the age of climate change.”
    Thirty years later, it’s clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. But the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous.
    Earth is noticeably hotter, the weather stormier and more extreme. Polar regions have lost billions of tons of ice; sea levels have been raised by trillions of gallons of water. Far more wildfires rage.
    Over 30 years — the time period climate scientists often use in their studies in order to minimize natural weather variations — the world’s annual temperature has warmed nearly 1 degree (0.54 degrees Celsius), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And the temperature in the United States has gone up even more — nearly 1.6 degrees.
    “The biggest change over the last 30 years, which is most of my life, is that we’re no longer thinking just about the future,” said Kathie Dello, a climate scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Climate change is here, it’s now and it’s hitting us hard from all sides.” https://www.apnews.com/dbd81ca2a7244ea088a8208bab1c87e2

    • Punitive says:

      “On Friday, the World Weather Attribution Project released a damning report that argued the sizzling heat and wildfires burning the planet are anthropogenic—human caused, no doubt about it. The pressure systems have a hand, sure, but the heat waves in Europe, a continent that has rarely seen temperatures climb into the hundreds, are about to become a norm.
      There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Climate change is here, and we are living in its burning embers.” (7/31/18) https://www.thedailybeast.com/wildfires-raging-in-greece-and-california-prove-climate-change-is-here See also “Attribution of the 2018 heat in northern Europe” https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/analyses/attribution-of-the-2018-heat-in-northern-europe/

    • Epitaph says:

      “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” (NYT August 1, 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/01/magazine/climate-change-losing-earth.html “this narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is based on 18 months of reporting and well over a hundred interviews. It tracks the efforts of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe. It will come as a revelation to many readers — an agonizing revelation — to understand how thoroughly they grasped the problem and how close they came to solving it.”

  2. June says:

    “Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2018 : The contiguous United States had its third warmest June on record” https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201806 Note record temps in the state of New Mexico https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/wide_full_width_image_no_crop/public/sites/default/files/june-2018-us-average-temperature-percentiles-map.png?itok=_bepw-Ep
    “Study Shows Heat Hurts Cognitive Ability” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwk83j/study-shows-heat-wave-hurts-cognitive-ability “As heat waves get hotter and more frequent around the world due to climate change, the researchers write that they’re hoping studies like this one illustrate how bad it can get for even the most healthy among us. Cognitive function deficits “extend to larger sectors of the population and can have significant implications on educational attainment, economic productivity, and workplace safety,” they write in the study.”

  3. Dry heat says:

    “A ground-breaking new study has found a disturbing link between climate change, extreme temperatures and suicide.” https://www.sciencealert.com/climate-change-heat-wave-abnormally-hot-temperatures-suicide-rate-increase
    “Heat waves can seriously harm brain performance” https://www.earth.com/news/heat-waves-brain-performance/
    “Brain Temperature Homeostasis: Physiological Fluctuations and Pathological shifts” US National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health (2010) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149793/

  4. Hotch-cha-cha says:

    Unnatural disasters: The world is hot, on fire, and flooding. Climate change is here. https://grist.org/article/the-world-is-hot-on-fire-and-flooding-climate-change-is-here/
    According to calculations from climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, this year will likely be the world’s fourth warmest year on record globally, behind 2015, 2016, and 2017. With another El Niño on the way, next year could be even hotter.
    Donald Trump has tweeted climate change skepticism 115 times. Here’s all of it. (July 1, 2018) https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/1/15726472/trump-tweets-global-warming-paris-climate-agreement

  5. Harbinger says:

    “With the United Kingdom poised for historic heat Friday, countries across four continents smashed their own temperature marks this month. In the past 30 days, there have been 3,092 new daily high temperatures, 159 new monthly heat records and 55 all-time highs worldwide, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the U.S. alone, there have been 1,542 new daily high temperatures, 85 new monthly heat records and 23 all-time highs during the same period, most of which were recorded in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/25/record-breaking-heat-july-japan-sweden-algeria-canada/832826002/
    “A growing body of evidence finds that being just a little dehydrated is tied to a range of subtle effects — from mood changes to muddled thinking.” https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/07/30/632480321/off-your-mental-game-you-could-be-mildly-dehydrated
    “How heat waves affect the elderly” https://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/public-health/heat-waves-elderly-health-effects

  6. Ed Pulaski says:

    “Record-setting heat helped keep California wildfires active at night : July in the state had the highest minimum temperature on record” (Wildfire Today August 5, 2018) http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/08/05/record-setting-heat-helped-keep-california-wildfires-active-at-night/ “…When today’s senior firefighters began their careers, they could usually count on fires “laying down” at night. The intensity and rate of spread would decline to the point where night shift personnel could more easily and safely “go direct”, constructing fireline very close to the edge of the fire.
    During the month of July in California, many of the large fires continued to grow rapidly at night, which often required firefighters to drop back to a safety zone and simply watch, since there is little that they could do without putting themselves in harms way.”
    NASA nighttime satellite imagery 8/5/18: https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/q90/p526x296/38462108_1861757643860235_7436706735965863936_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=2eac0fe3cccce2f48b809a03e16a7dd0&oe=5BD162B7

  7. Last call y'all says:

    “Environmentalists have long warned that human-induced global warming could unleash a runaway effect, with feedback mechanisms continuing to cook the planet even after humans stop emitting greenhouse gasses. A new paper from leading climate scientists indicates the danger is real and at temperatures not much higher than where we are now.
    The Earth’s climate is a complex system. When a factor disturbs it, either by adding extra heat or taking some away, it sets off multiple feedback loops. Some of these work against the new effect, keeping global temperatures in balance. Others amplify the initial alteration – for example, we’ve often heard about the way changes in ice coverage affect how much heat the planet reflects or absorbs. Climate scientists spend their lives trying to understand these feedback mechanisms.
    Most feedbacks are smaller than the initial impetus (even if they add to it), but scientists are troubled by several that could potentially turn modest changes in temperature into something much larger. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Australian National University’s Professor Will Steffen and 15 co-authors consider the 10 most dangerous examples and what could occur if we trip them off.” http://www.iflscience.com/environment/tipping-points-that-would-turn-the-earth-into-a-hothouse-for-thousands-of-years-could-be-frighteningly-close/all/
    “The apocalyptic tone of heatwave-reporting doesn’t go far enough – not when the issue is human extinction” https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/heatwave-weather-report-human-extinction-issue-a8478271.html

  8. August says:

    Record Warm Waters off Southern California https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92563/record-warm-waters-off-southern-california Map shows sea surface temperature anomalies on August 2, 2018, as compiled by NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, which blends observations from the Suomi NPP, MTSAT, Meteosat, and GOES satellites and computer models. Mapping the temperature anomaly allows you to see how much the surface layer was above or below the long-term average temperature for this time of year. The warmest sea surface temperatures (red) extend from Point Conception to the Baja California coast. According to Bill Patzert, retired NASA climatologist, temperatures along this part of the coastline were 5-10°F above normal.
    “The primary driver of these warm ocean temperatures is the persistence of continental atmospheric high pressure that has dominated western weather,” Patzert said. He explained that normally, high pressure over the eastern Pacific Ocean drives winds from the north along the California coast. These winds push coastal surface waters offshore, allowing cool waters from below to “upwell” to the surface and keep coastal California cool. “This pattern is also driving the month-long heat wave suffocating California and it is a major cause of the explosion of Western wildfires,” Patzert said. “The continuing Western drought, July heat waves, explosive fire season, and balmy ocean temperatures are all related.”

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