Global warming record set, Jan. 2007

January 2007 global warming smashes previous record.

Hottest Jan ever.: NOAA
Hottest Jan ever.: NOAA
Climate monitoring branch chief, Jay Lawrimore, has grown accustomed to having records broken but says that January was a bigger jump than the world has seen in about ten years. The global land average temperature didn't just nudge past the old record set in 2002, but broke that mark by 0.81 degrees Fahrenheit (0.56C), which meteorologists said is a lot, since such records often are broken by hundredths of a degree at a time.

The temperature of the world's land and water combined -- the most effective measurement -- was 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit (0.96C) warmer than normal, breaking the old record by more than one-quarter of a degree. The world's temperature record was driven by northern latitudes. Siberia was on average 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5.1C) warmer than normal. Eastern Europe had temperatures averaging 8 degrees Fahrenheit (4.55C) above normal. Canada on average was more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.88C) warmer than normal. NOAA

United States had warmest year ever in 2006

The United States yearly average temperature record was broken in 2006(NOAA News). Here in Minneapolis-St Paul, the temperature was 17 degrees F above average for the last three weeks of 2006. Also in 2006, the United States set an all-time record for forest fires with more than 9.8 million acres burned in more than 96,000 wildfires.

What other records are being set?

We seem to be living in turbulent times. Can you give examples of other records being set?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

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posted on Mon, 02/19/2007 - 1:00pm
kailey's picture
kailey says:

this article was kinda boring it needed to be more detailed and stuff buti it wasok

posted on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 9:35am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

81 degrees, Mar. 26, 2007. Another record set.

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 4:19pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Meanwhile, many parts of the country experienced an extremely cold February. As Mark Steyn notes, anecdotal evidence for climate change is generally pretty unconvincing.

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 5:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

April 2007 record low temps every where throughout the US.
Where is the global warming when you need it to enjoy golfing? Most of the temps have been twenty degrees below average every day in April here in SD. The only record temps that make head lines are high ones!

Maybe Al Gore could be wrong? But then again he did invent the world wide web!

posted on Sun, 04/15/2007 - 8:31pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

That's funny, but you make a good point. Global warming is about climate change, and "climate" is different from "weather." Climate is about long-term trends and averages over many, many years. Weather is about day-to-day or even year-to-year fluctuations.

A great many factors can influence today's weather, without necessarily signaling a change in the overall climate. Temps have been mostly below normal for the past couple of months. Before that, they were well above normal through mid-January. So, does this mean global warming is true, or false? Neither -- these are both short-term weather phenomena, not long-term climate changes.

The problem, as you note, is when these things get into the news media. In 2005 we had a higher-than-normal number of hurricanes, and many people claimed this was evidence of global warming. In 2006 we had a lower-than-normal number of hurricanes, and other people claimed this disproved global warming. Neither statement is true. We just can't make claims about long-term climate change from just one year (or one month) worth of weather.

posted on Mon, 04/16/2007 - 11:43am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

What a difference a year makes. January 2008 recorded the largest temperature drop on record. In addition to record snowfalls, record low temperatures, and growing sea ice. As Cervantes said, one swallow does not a summer make. Nor does one unusually warm (or unusually cold) month mean anything in terms of long-term climate trends.

In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that January 2009 will be warmer than January 2008. Global warming? Nah. Just regression toward the mean.

posted on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 9:07am
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nick tommy says:

i think global warming is serious and everyone should help solve it

posted on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 7:32am

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