Warmer temperatures are the new normal
Warmer temperatures are the new normal In this May 31, 2015 file photo, an Indian women stands in front of an air cooler to cool herself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File/Thinkstock)
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Hotter weather appears to be here to stay, El Nino or not. That's according to the U.N. weather agency. It warned that the Paris climate accord last year shouldn't give way to complacency about global warming.

The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report following a record-hot 2015. It highlighted records already announced by different countries' weather agencies. The agency pointed out that 2015 was breaking records on the surface. It also broke records hundreds of meters deep in the ocean.

And the first two months of 2016 were even hotter. These months are so startling that they "have sent shockwaves around the climate science community." That's according to David Carlson of the World Climate Research Program.

Climate scientists blame record high temperatures last year and this year so far on a combination of a super-sized El Nino. It is a natural warming of parts of the Pacific that changes weather worldwide. Another factor is a long-term global warming trend from the burning of fossil fuels.

NASA said last month was 1.35 degrees Celsius (2.43 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than average. Of that, 0.8 degrees (1.44 degrees Fahrenheit) comes from the long-term warming. And 0.25 degrees (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) comes from El Nino. The rest is from unexplained residual. This was calculated by climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute in Germany and the University of New South Wales.

Even after the El Nino phenomenon abates in coming months, way above normal temperatures won't exactly go away, Carlson and others said.

"We're on a slope; sometimes the slope goes very steep, sometimes it's a little bit more shallow, but we're going upward," Carlson said in a news conference. "So the normal is going to be increases: It's going to be increased temperature, increased ocean heat content, loss of ice, we know all of these things."

Katharine Hayhoe is a Texas Tech climate scientist who wasn't part of the WMO team. But she agreed: "These records vividly illustrate the destructive power of an El Nino on climate change steroids."

The WMO predicts warmer weather accompanied by pockets of both drier and wetter conditions, depending on the region, around the world.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas told reporters in Geneva that many people believe the climate issue is "solved ... since we reached a nice agreement in Paris." But, he said, "we haven't changed our behavior yet."

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Why do warmer temperatures produce both drier and wetter conditions?
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COMMENTS (50)
  • davidc-dal
    4/04/2016 - 05:32 p.m.

    It can be wet because of the heat making us sweat.
    It can also be dry because the heat has soaked up all the water.

  • ben0424-yyca-byo
    4/04/2016 - 08:06 p.m.

    Global warming is a serious problem. Now that we're getting used to it, we can see how serious the problem is. That mean's that it has been going on for a very long time, and that it is very serious. We are doing many things to try to stop global warming though, so at least we're making an effort. People should follow what we are saying to stop global warming, because some people aren't making an effort to stop it.
    Critical Thinking Question Answer: Warmer temperatures produce both drier and wetter conditions, because the water is boiling faster, so the air is getter wetter. Also it is hot, so it is becoming drier too.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    4/04/2016 - 10:47 p.m.

    The new warmer temperature record might have been the sign of the super-sized El Nino which affects regions around the world which contributes both drier and wetter conditions that people can't bear the heat and temperature record. The El Nino weather might have been producing a lot of contribution to people around the planet which had caused a lot of hot weather and wet weather to people around the world. The global warming had been able to affect every parts of the world which people wouldn't like the global warming that has affected a lot of the ice to be melting. People might have been able to find out about the temperature record that had happened over the year and time that had made the temperature to go up.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why do warmer temperatures produce both drier and wetter conditions?
    Answer: Warmer temperatures produce both drier and wetter conditions because warmer temperature evaporates water and rains down a lot of rain and warmer temperature can make grounds to be going out dry from the heat.

  • william1108-yyca
    4/05/2016 - 08:44 p.m.

    I never knew that the first two months were hotter in 2016 than in 2015. I wonder how hot it was. I also wonder what will happen to me if I go out in the very hot sun with a snow coat on and even snow boots. I've noticed how much warmer our temperatures have been. Surely there are some days that just aren't warm as we want it to be, but definitely warmer than we are used to. In winter, it barely snowed and it was about 75 degrees on Christmas in Pennsylvania. It's pretty different to see people playing in the sun with a Christmas hat, shorts, and sandals.

  • bryceh-pro
    4/06/2016 - 11:37 a.m.

    because it doesn't get u dehydrated

  • lizzied-kut
    4/06/2016 - 08:20 p.m.

    I think that global warming is a good and a bad thing. The good thing about global warming is that those who don't like cold weather and snow, like me, then people would be happier and they would enjoy the warm weather all the time. But the bad is that not all flora and fauna can live in warmer weather so we could lose our plant and animal species and that could harm our environment. In the end, I would enjoy global warming so that I could wear shorts and go swimming but I would hate to see our plants and animals die because of the humans burning the fossil fuels. So, it depends on how you look at it, but global warming is a good and bad thing.

  • janiyad-wes
    4/07/2016 - 09:02 a.m.

    Warmer tempetures produce both and drier in wetter conditions is because the area where it is warmer is wetter than the other areas.

  • reidr-hol
    4/07/2016 - 12:50 p.m.

    It's crazy how El NiƱo always causes problems, it's also pretty crazy the way it is caused.

  • algermic0-dil
    4/07/2016 - 01:39 p.m.

    If it stays hot then it could mean globle warming. :(

  • takieraa-wes
    4/07/2016 - 02:44 p.m.

    It is getting hot so you always want to be cool in drink plenty of water so you can be inergetic

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