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The Year Without Winter & A Summer Without End

The Year Without Winter & A Summer Without End

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, March 9, 2016/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, climate change

                     Mean Temperatures Above Average Dec 2015-Feb 2016  (credit: NOAA)

It is turning out that this is a year without a winter across much of North America. NOAA has just released data indicating temperatures from December 2015-February 2016 created the warmest winter in 122 years of record-keeping that began in 1895. According to the agency, "the contiguous U.S. was 36.8°F, 4.6°F above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record of 36.5°F set in 1999/2000." Forty-six statest across the contiguous U.S. had winter temperatures that were above average. Much-above average winter temperatures were recorded across the West, Great Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast. Another NOAA measurement shows that by March 1st nearly 15% of the US was already in drought conditions well before the upcoming summer.


                                          Australia (credit: NASA)

At the other end of the Earth, Australia is locked in what seems like an "endless summer" even by the standards of that 'sunburnt country'. The Australian weather agency, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), has just released similar data on the extreme temperatures being experiencing continent-wide there. Reports from Australia's national news service, the ABC, predict the extreme temperatures will continue for further in what would normally be considered the beginning of their fall. The BOM has developed an interactive map that allows anyone to track temperatures across Australia's states. It is updated every several hours as new measurements are incorporated into the database.

Strange weather has also created issues for Alaska's famous dog-sled race, theIditarod Iditarod   IditarodIditarod, where snow had to be hauled in by the train carloads for the mushers.Iditarod Rac

A question remains to be answered as to how much such exteme weather events and climate patterns on opposite sides of the globe are being affected by the ongoing strong el nino and are being compounded by imcreases from atmospheric CO2 air pollution. The dog-sled teams already know something isn't right.



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