Our planet just had the third warmest May in recorded history

Earth experienced its 8th warmest spring on record, and the third warmest May, with average global temperature in May 1.19 degrees F. above the 20th-century average, matching 1998 and 2005 for the third warmest May dating back to 1880. WaPo: "The global temperature has been above average now 339 straight months (more than 28 years). The last time global temperatures were below average (February, 1985)."


  1. Clearly the solution here is to ride this out until the average rises a couple degrees and we’ll no longer have “above average” temperatures!

  2. JJ: Exactly. Global averages went much higher 75, 300, and 450 million years ago — and we don’t hear any whining from the agriculture-dependent civilizations of 8-10 billion that were around then, do we? 

      1.  :-) That’s because they did a lot of social networking.

        Actually, I think they were around for the Paleocene-Eocene maximum, not the earlier ones. And wouldn’t mere “billions” qualify as a near-extinction event for them?

        1. Yes on both; I wasn’t actually being accurate at all. To make it up, I will offer this fact I learned about them in case you hadn’t seen it before.

          That’s going off topic, of course, but it sadly feels like there is nothing left to add on it among sensible company.

          1. Oh, I’m still learning new stuff every day, e.g. that there are more ways to cherry-pick short declines out of long increases than I ever learned in Dumb Statistical Errors 101.

  3. Michigan bucked the trend by having a cooler than normal spring.  Which is a lovely change from the past few years wherein the last week of June has averaged over 90F each day.  I can get behind a 4th of July that isn’t 104F, like last year was.

    1. We’ve been running five or six degrees over average through the hot half of the year for a couple of years now.  It’s quite irksome, really.

      1. You just described all of our summers after 2006.  IIRC, 2007 was only a bit above normal.  Last year was desert-hot plus humidity.  Grew some fantastically hot peppers last year, but that’s the only nice thing I can say about the entire summer.

  4. This while we have been experiencing the coldest weather in Cape Town since moving here 14 years ago…

      1. Pouring down wet, late hail, clouds gather
        You’re living in the country with the cold spring weather
        But elsewhere it’s daaaaaaaaaaaamn hot.

        Nope, still annoyed.

  5. Man, if I believed in climate change, this could really be troubling. Regardless, I blame Obama.

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