Tired of the Claims of “Warmest Ever” Month and Year? They Will Likely Continue Next Year

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

Last year, we discussed in a number of posts how the claims of record high global surface temperatures were due primarily to the unusual, naturally occurring warming event in the eastern extratropical North Pacific…known as “The Blob”.  See the list of posts about The Blob and its impacts at the end of this post.

This year, in addition to The Blob (which still exists), there is an El Niño developing in the eastern tropical Pacific. This has driven global surface temperatures even higher…once again naturally. As a result, it seems that NOAA has proclaimed “theee warmest ever [insert month name here]” each time they update their monthly State of the Climate Report.

Next year, can we expect a repeat of the monthly “warmest ever” claims?

Global surface and lower troposphere temperatures will often peak during the decay year of a strong El Niño, not the evolution…

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