Saturday, March 17, 2007

Lovely day

The world has just enjoyed its warmest period on record during this year’s Northern Hemisphere winter. The temperature was 0.72 degrees C warmer than the previous record in 1994. This continues past climate change trends.
According to The Guardian:

‘During the past century, global temperatures had increased at about 0.06C each decade, but the increase had been three times larger since 1976, at about 0.18C per decade…

The 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1995.’

2006 as a whole was one of the 5 warmest years on record. Moreover, the world has a 60% chance of having its warmest year on record during 2007 – beating the previous record in 1998.
Australian temperatures in 2006 were well above average - the 11th warmest since 1910. A fairly complete picture is here.


Sinclair Davidson said...

The "60% chance" link is broken.

hc said...

Now fixed I hope, it was a prediction by the Hadley Centre cited by the BBC.