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No rain in California. The warmest winter on record for the state as well as the rest of the globe

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest winter on record – Despite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December…

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Arctic sea ice lowest ever recorded for January 2011

Arctic Sea Ice Extent at Record Low for January, Tied Record Low for February

With North America gripped in extreme cold and harsh winter weather, the opposite scenario has played out in the Arctic.  According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA Earth Observatory, Arctic sea ice extent hit the lowest ever recorded for the month of January. February tied with 2005 for lowest sea ice extent recorded for that…

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El Nino intensifies and drifts westward according to new research

El Niño More Intense Over Past Thirty Years, Causes and Impacts Unkown

Researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have published a study (pdf) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, showing how the El Niño weather phenomenon has doubled in intensity over the past 30 years while drifting westward. What the cause of these changes to are is uncertain, including whether man-made global warming…

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2009 Warmest Year on Record in Southern Hemisphere

Data just released from NASA indicates that 2009 was the hottest year on record in the Southern Hemisphere, and globally comes in for a “three way tie” as the second-warmest year in the instrumental record (with 2007 and 1998), as Reto Ruedo, co-author of the NASA report, told Joe Romm of Climate Progress last week. According to surface temperature analysis…

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