March has heat records

Deceived by icicles and frost? Globalt sett var vinteren den nest varmeste på 100 år, og også i mars har temperaturene økt. Globally, the winter of the second-warmest in 100 years, and in March, the temperatures increased.  -  Photo: Photo Montage: / Scanpix

Deceived by icicles and frost? Photo: Photo Montage: / Scanpix

Earth experienced its second warmest February in 100 years. Soon new record figures for March. The increase is dramatic, says a researcher at the Bjerknes Centre.

Climate scientists expect record numbers when the temperature readings for the spring months of March is ready analyzed.

“The increase from last year are solid, and I will call it dramatic. March 2010 can be expected to be half a degree warmer than March 2009,” said Helge Drange, Professor at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen. He is associated with the Bjerknes Centre , which researches climate.

Winter also set records, so that March follows along it is not so surprising. Taken as a whole, the winter on the planet (December, January and February) is the second warmest since measurements began in 1979. If one disregards the temperatures in the Arctic, it is also the second hottest since 1880.

There are centers in England and the United States who have seen the measurements from satellites and on the ground. Admittedly, they have arrived at different conclusions.

“It is because they have taken with different details in his analysis, but we are unanimous when it comes to the record warm winter this year,” said Drange.

Especially in the southern hemisphere have been warmer than normal, but not in Greenland and the Arctic winter has been like they tend to be. December and January it was up to 5-10 degrees warmer on average.

Deceived by frost and snow?

The exceptionally cold winter we have experienced in Norway, Scandinavia and Northern Europe stand out as an island of heat in an otherwise hot planet.

“It is because we have not received a single low pressure in from the southwest in winter. This has never happened before. Storm activity was small and this has been the driest winter since Bergen in 1860,” said Helge Drange.

However, nothing suggests that the winter of next year will be similar to the one we experienced this year in Norway.

“No, this winter has been extreme, and it is unlikely that it will be repeated next year.”

EL Niñjo provides a record heat

At 30 years, global temperatures increased by 0.4, and the trend is moving in one direction – warmer.

At the same time plays ocean temperatures in the Pacific in a manner that provides additional impact on the global climate. The so-called EL Niñjo situation at the equator has resulted in record warm years of 1998 and 2010.

A moderate El Niñjo situation gave high sea temperatures along the equator in the Pacific. It occurred in the latter half of 2009 and lasts still. This is why the global average temperature has been so high in the winter.

Source: NRK

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