According to NASA, October was the hottest month of record. But what is more, it surpassed the baseline temperature NASA uses that is based on the 30-year average period from 1951-1980 by more than a whopping one degree Celsius. Such a huge jump has never happened before.
There is now a 99.9% probability that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, beating the previous best that was set just last year. Having back-to-back record-breaking years is disturbing as is the fact that 13 of the 15 hottest years have occurred in the period 2000-2015.
That news comes amid a flurry of other climate milestones: The year is likely to finish with global temperatures at about 1°C above preindustrial levels, halfway past the stated international goal of limiting temperature rise to no more than 2°C from that baseline. International climate talks are scheduled to begin later this month in Paris to hammer out an agreement toward that goal.
Carbon dioxide levels are also currently drifting back above 400 parts per million, possibly never to dip back down again for the foreseeable future as a strong El Niño event lends the buildup of the greenhouse gas an extra push.
But winter is approaching in the northern hemisphere and soon there will be snow and the occasional blizzard, thus enabling our idiot congresspersons to bring a snowball into the House of Representatives to refute the idea that global warming is a real threat and for letters to newspapers yukking it up about these silly climate alarmists. After all, who are you going to believe, your eyes or pointy-headed scientists with the ‘data’ and ‘theories’ and ‘climate models’ and ‘charts’?