As the climate deniers point to the second incursion of the polar vortex in 11 months as “proof” that the planet is not warming, NOAA has issued a new global analysis report announcing that even if November and December are colder than normal, 2014 will be the warmest since records began being kept 130 years ago.
The report found that the combined average global land and ocean surface temperatures for October make it the warmest on record at 0.74°C (1.33°F) above the 20th century average of 14.0°C (57.1°F).
At 1.05°C (1.89°F) above the 20th century average of 9.3°C (48.7°F), the average land surface temperature for the month was the 5th highest on record.
The October global sea surface temperature was 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average of 15.9°C (60.6°F), the warmest on record for the month.
The combined land and ocean average temperature for the year to date (January – October) was 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.4°F), the warmest for the period on record.
“It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to be a skeptic of the causes of our warming planet,” said CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam.
The NOAA report said:
“The record high October temperature was driven by warmth across the globe over both the land and ocean surfaces and was fairly evenly distributed between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.”
“Most notably, this record warmth is not contained to any specific part of the world. Meaning, we are all in this together,” Van Dam said. “So far this year, record-breaking warmth has been observed in at least every continent and major ocean basin of our planet. This is something we cannot ignore.”
The trend was seen across the world. Austria, where records have been kept since 1767, experienced the seventh warmest October on record. In Germany the month was the third warmest since record keeping began in 1881, 2.9°C (5.2°F) higher than the 1961–1990 average and 2.7°C (4.9°F) higher than the 1981–2010 average. Denmark had the 2nd warmest October on record, the United Kingdom tied the 10th warmest on record and Switzerland had its 4th warmest October in the 150 years it has kept records.
Climate deniers are sure to point to the mid section of the U.S., where the polar vortex slipping south twice this year has created average temperatures lower than the 20th century average as evidence that the planet is not warming. But these are the same people who point to one blizzard and the fact that although arctic ice is 9.5 percent below the 1981-2010 average, the antarctic ice sheet is 4.8 percent above average, as “proof” that there is no climate change.
Unfortunately, the truth is that the planet is warming and if we do nothing, the eventual result will be catastrophic for all life on the Earth, including humans.