Tuesday September 17th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Entering A Hot World Above +1.0C Above Preindustrial Conditions…Some Current Markers
So far 2019 is the second hottest year on record next to 2016. I’m now convinced that very small blips either up or down on graphic charts in association with global mean temperature can make big differences with temperature extremes and other consequences felt around the globe. We are now beginning to see global averages tick up to and slightly above 1.0C degrees above preindustrial conditions. Barring some unforeseen volcanic activity we will see “heat spikes” get much worse, leading to worse heat waves and more and stronger organized tropical activity. Buckle up proverbial butter cups…We will now see some very shocking, hot readings from around the planet for the rest of my life and yours.
First today Dear Diary, here is where we stand globally using my favorite chart from Zack Labe:
Using Zack’s chart we are at about +0.9 above preindustrial conditions as a baseline for what we see today.
Here is what we are seeing from around the globe just at +0.9C:
I sent this tweet out last night that got plenty of “Oh my!” responses:
The following are some of those responses giving us all warnings about how overheated our planet is becoming due to carbon pollution:
I also made theses observations today on 9/17/2019, Dear Diary:
And as a consequence of this hotter world:
The Houston area is likely to see more flooding rain from Tropical Storm Imelda.
Spain saw tremendous flooding rain last week from an upper low that did not move due to a changed jet stream.
We are about to find out what life will be like on a monthly and yearly basis during the 2020s when the planet will be between +1.0C and +1.5C above preindustrial conditions. Let’s work hard to keep the planet’s fever down lest we all get very sick indeed.
Now here are a few notes on Imelda:
Here is more climate and weather news from Tuesday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
Here are some ETs from Tuesday:
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”