Yesterday was the Autumn Equinox and we can now bid farewell to summer. Personally I am relieved that summer is over. I am ready for cardigans and pumpkin spiced anything. Even though the leaves will be changing colors and the nights will be getting cooler, 2016 may turn out to be the hottest year on record. The last year to receive such notoriety was 2015. That’s right-last year.
According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, each of the first six months of 2016 set global records as the hottest since 1880 (when we began measuring such things). Global temperatures continue their upward climb while Arctic sea ice extent continues its downward climb. The recent El Niño event has had some influence on rising temperatures but the general trend in our global climate is a constant upward trajectory due to the increase in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Pumpkin spice season might be getting shorter in the future.
I will be posting more about climate but this is a quick post. My posts will be shorter but more frequent in the future.
Below are some links for those of you who would like to learn more:
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for Annual 2015, published online January 2016, retrieved on September 23, 2016 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201513.