Climate Change: Earth Records High Warm Months Lengthened, May End Soon
Earth has dealt with a very hot temperature, something which cannot seem to end. According to the data released by NASA, the planet has recorded a scorching streak of warm months that has increased to seven.
The earth's average temperature is 1.11 degrees Celsius or 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit above the April's long-term average, breaking the 2010 record by 0.24 degrees Celsius or 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Based on the NASA data, the planet has recorded the highest temperature per month since October of 2015 by a significant margin. These record-warm months had been so consistent that scientists have been worried the people has stopped paying attention.
Earth's streak of record-warm months have even expanded based on the NOAA's analysis, reaching its 11 straight in March. In NOAA's April analysis of the global temperature, which will oon be published, the span is expected to increase by 12, including the whole year of record-high monthly temperatures, The Guardian reported.
The warm temperature has been particularly noticeable in the Arctic region, where the warmth has often increased to over seven degrees above the normal range. The Arctic sea ice has been affected, as shown by the diminished extent on record for 48 straight years and for the first time in this year.
During the second week of April, the Greenland Ice Sheet had its first major melting experience, a month early on the past earliest recorded dates. According to the climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute, Perter Langen, they had to be sure that their models were working properly.
Earth's hot streak has been reported to be intensified by one of the hardest-hitting events of the El Niño phenomenon on record, in which the warm temperature from the tropical Pacific Ocean was released into the atmosphere. However, El Niño is already weakening, which means that abnormally warm months could only become warm months. This also means that the streak of record-warm months must end, though it could also take until later on this year, according to Washington Post.