Could we be heading into the warmer year?

sun in the sunset over the city

There are many different types of different temperature logs. Although they all indicate the same, the degrees of a region, can be from small areas to large regions, or from short to very long intervals of time (the temperature averages). This year again points to one of the warmest in the world, and it may even be the warmest year that there has been in Spain.

But something is happening this year that hasn't happened before, and it's the most alarming part of global temperature rises. The El Niño phenomenon has not occurred. During El Niño years, when the ocean releases more heat into the atmosphere, they tend to be the warmest years as well. Given that 2017 has not occurred, it is unlikely that global temperatures are on average higher than those of 2016. But they only differ by 0 ºC.

What is happening?

global average temperatures evolution

Global Average Temperatures (chart provided by NOAA)

During the first 8 months of the year 2017, each and every month has been found within the warmest 4 months since records are available. This has resulted in 2017 having the second highest temperature on record in 138 years. This time, without the El Niño phenomenon, it makes it, and by far, the warmest year on record without this phenomenon. What would have happened if El Niño had also happened? Most likely, a new global temperature record would have been set.

As we can see in the graph, we have the Global temperature, the Northern and Southern hemisphere. The one that makes the most difference is the Northern Hemisphere. If we look at the average temperatures that have been registered since 2000, we can see that there is a rebound that seems to be increasing and not giving way. Furthermore, the acceleration of temperatures in recent years is relentless and worrying. And considering that It has been the year with the most heat waves for Spain Since 1975, this year the Iberian country is heading to what may be the warmest since there are records.


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  1.   Tito Erazo said

    I think that one of the current problems is that man forgot that he lives in a dynamic and not static world and that naturally and over time natural climatic changes take place that allow the living beings of the planet to gradually adapt to these changes However, the problem is that when these changes become critical with inappropriate actions in the management of the natural balance, they cause the shortening or definitive disappearance of these species and natural resources. So according to the information we are reading in this article we are entering a natural process of global warming, it is possible then that we are entering the transition period of this natural change.