A record we don’t want to break another time
by RomyLeclerc on January 25, 2016 - 7:02pm
2015 was an unprecedented year for weather. We all noticed it: the weather was more than unusual, it was alarming. We knew something was going on with Mother Nature, but we did not know how bad the situation actually was. Then, at the beginning of 2016, we knew what was happening.
On January 20th, we could read the article “It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year on record-by far” by Tom Randall and Blacki Migliozzi in the Montreal Gazette, and learn the disquieting news: 2015 was the hottest year since we started recording temperature, around 100 years ago, bymore than a quarter of a degree Fahrenheit. You may say that a quarter of a degree is nothing. However, on the planetary scale, this difference is enormous since we previously used the hundredths of a degree to measure it roughly around the end of the 20th century.
This article is a wake-up call for many of us; it shows how the heat is acting as a direct consequence of climate change. In fact, fifteen out of the hottest sixteen years recorded found themselves in the 21st century. Indeed, the temperatures worldwide are rising ten times faster than they used to at the end of the last Ice Age. Even if the heat was expressed differently around the planet, most regions of the world are warmer than usual and so, for a major part of the year.
Hence, how can we explain this year’s extremes? One of the culprits is undoubtedly the prolonged warming in the Pacific Ocean named El Niño.
El Niño is a result of the change of temperature in the ocean, which can be described as a “complex weather pattern”. Whether by typhoons, or fires, it messed up our weather and climate.
So, what about this year? The heat released into the atmosphere by the El Niño movement can remain present and make 2016 even hotter than 2015. However, this conclusion is uncertain; 2016 may hold many surprises.
In any case, the change in our environment affects all of us. Yet, to make sure each year of our lives does not break any other heat records, we have to do reduce our ecological footprint.
To read the Montreal Gazette article, click here: http://montrealgazette.com/technology/science/its-official-2015-was-the-hottest-year-on-record-by-far
To learn about the temperature record, click here: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/
To learn more about El Niño, click here: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ninonina.html