February Shatters World Temperature Record — Could This Be A Pattern Every Month Going Forward?

February has shattered the world temperature record, indicated satellite data. Researchers have deemed the month as the most unusually warm ever recorded. Temperature records have been available since 1880.

Earth’s temperature has been continually rising. Last year has already been confirmed to be the hottest year on record. However, it appears the pattern of hitting ever higher temperatures will continue. This year’s January was the hottest month in recorded history. Now satellite data appears to have concluded that February was even hotter than January and has effectively shattered the world temperature record, which the month of January held on to for merely 30 days.

While the official numbers haven’t been announced yet, it has been widely acknowledged that February is the hottest month on record. Last month destroyed January’s global temperature record, adding another 0.2 to 0.3 degrees Celsius to the planetary thermostat, reported USA Today. In essence, it appears that February 2016 was between 1.15 and 1.4 degrees warmer than the long-term average. These figures are enough to conclude that February’s temperature had the most above-average temperatures ever measured.

The value already includes +0.45 degrees that the Earth’s temperature has increased since the industrial revolution began. Meteorologists usually consider the pre-industrial temperature levels between 1981 and 2010 as the baseline for judging the temperature rise.

Speaking about the grave threat our planet faces and the overwhelming denial about the same, especially in America, University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) scientist Roy Spencer, who is part of the team that indicated February’s record temperature rise, said, “I’ve always cautioned fellow skeptics that it’s dangerous to claim no warming. There has been warming. The question is how much warming there’s been and how does that compare to what’s expected and what’s predicted.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet to officially put forth a climate report for the month of February 2016. However, there are many unofficial temperature datasets that are regularly used to build a picture of our ongoing global heatwave.

To get an idea of the scale of global warming, consider the fact that it took from the dawn of the industrial age until October of 2015 to reach the first 1.0 degree Celsius. However, within the last five months alone, the earth has warmed up an extra 0.4 degrees. Even accounting for the margin of error associated with these preliminary datasets, it’s virtually certain that February handily beat the record set just last month for the most anomalously warm month ever recorded, reported Slate.

As always, the most notable culprits for the rapid rise in temperatures are artificial. However, the near-record El Niño climate pattern, combined with the contributions of humans, has resulted in the abnormally warm climate, said John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at UAH.

“The record might have as much to do with an extraordinarily warm month in the Arctic as it does with warming caused by the El Niño.”

While the final data is yet to be released, the report from UAH indicates some areas in the Arctic experienced temperatures as much as 29 degrees warmer than average last month. UAH relies on satellites hovering about five miles above earth’s surface. They have been consistently taking readings for the past four decades and have a much wider scope, dedicated to indicating weather and climate patterns. These satellites take temperature readings of remote desert, ocean, and rainforest areas from up in the sky. UAH assures that satellites offer a much reliable picture as compared to sketchy ground-based data collection techniques.

NOAA is expected to release a report about the monthly temperature data measured at the Earth’s surface by mid-month. However, the agency had confirmed that January 2016 was the warmest January since records began in 1880.

[Photo by Philippe Desmazes/Getty Images]