Scientists Are Freaking Out About February’s Record Warmth — Ignore The Incredibly Strong El Niño

climate protestClimate scientists are warning the world may be getting closer to catastrophic global warming faster than projected based on news that February 2016 was the warmest month on record — despite there being an incredibly strong naturally-occurring warming event.

“We are in a kind of climate emergency now,” Stefan Rahmstorf, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, told The Sydney Morning Herald: “This is really quite stunning” and “it’s completely unprecedented.”

Newly updated National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data shows February was 1.35 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1951 to 1980 average for that month. It’s even warmer than January’s 1.14 degrees Celsius — a record level for that month as well.

Gavin Schmidt, the head of NASA’s climate research unit, tweeted his own amazement at the record-high global average temperature for February.

“Nasa dropped a bombshell of a climate report,” Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, weather data analysts with the Weather Underground, wrote on the website. “February dispensed with the one-month-old record by a full 0.21C – an extraordinary margin to beat a monthly world temperature record by.”

But what’s gone unmentioned is the impact an incredibly strong El Niño warming had on average global temperature last month. Indeed, the current El Niño is said to the strongest such event in 18 years as it warms up ocean temperatures in the Pacific.

El Niño is a naturally-occurring warming phase across the span of the Pacific Ocean along the equator. It occurs fairly regularly, about every two to seven years, and if often followed by a La Niña cooling phase.

The current El Niño reportedly peaked in December 2015, but it’s effects are felt for months after it starts to dissipate — which scientists expected. It’s not clear how much of global average temperature can be attributed to current El Niño, but some say it only results in a few tenths of a degree of warming.

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    Warmest of a man made record going all the way back to ….the 1970’s. Yeah, really scary .
    Let’s hope it continues to warm as it has for thousands of years since the last ice age .

    Let’s see a scientific paper that shows global cooling is better than the current long term trend of the earth warming . The global cooling big scare of the 1970’s actually had more downside despite being a complete false prediction by …you guessed it Scientists .

    When will we learn ? In any event, global warming is a very good thing if it continues
    but as we can all agree, climate changes when natural variables want to exercise their franchise . Humans are essentially along for the ride despite all the huffing and puffing .
    Scary global warming was nothing but a marketing plan to separate people from their cash . The politicians are hungry and desperate to shake this down before the whole scam goes up in a puff of magic show smoke .

    Anyone who actually believes humans are going to control the earth’s average temperature to within 2 degrees is a fool .

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    David Lewis


    My first question was which data is showing February 2026 as the hottest ever. Was it the raw data, or the data that was adjusted to make it appear that the hiatus isn’t happening?

    I then noticed that their base line is 1951 to 1980. This is a cooling period where more than a few were concerned that we were entering another ice age. Selecting this period as a base line is certainly cherry picking data. An honest base line would be the average between 1900 and 1980. However, honesty and NASA are mutually exclusive terms.

    Last, I’m with you Amber. I would like to live in a warmer world. The alarmists have made dire predictions on what a warmer world would be like. However, real world data says otherwise. Both the Roman and Medieval warm periods were ones of prosperity where life was better than before and after the warming.

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    David Lewis


    Typo! I meant 2016, not 2016.

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    [quote]NOAA says that 2015 was the hottest year ever and second hottest in the US. Their data shows otherwise. The summer of 1936 was 10-20 degrees hotter across much of the US[/quote]
    In their “hottest year ever” press briefing, NOAA included this graph, which stated that they have a 58 year long radiosonde temperature record. But they only showed the last 37 years in the graph. Here is why they are hiding the rest of the data. The earlier data showed as much pre-1979 cooling as the post-1979 warming.

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