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WMO says 2013 was the 6th warmest year on record

Thirteen of the warmest 14 years to date have occurred in the 21st century and each of the last three decades have been warmer than the previous one.

By Justin Beach

(The State Column) Despite a particularly cold winter, 2014 was the 6th warmest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

According to the group, 13 of the warmest 14 years to date have occurred in the 21st century and each of the last three decades have been warmer than the previous one. According to a statement by the WMO, much of the heat occurred in the southern hemisphere with Argentina recording its second warmest year and Australia recording its warmest.

“Naturally occurring phenomena such as volcanic eruptions or El Niño and La Niña events have always contributed to frame our climate, influenced temperatures or caused disasters like droughts and floods. But many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change. We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat, and more damage from storm surges and coastal flooding as a result of sea level rise – as Typhoon Haiyan so tragically demonstrated in the Philippines,” said Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, in a statement.

Jarraud also refuted the idea that there has been any kind of slow down or pause in global warming. “There is no standstill in global warming,  The warming of our oceans has accelerated, and at lower depths. More than 90 percent of the excess energy trapped by greenhouse gases is stored in the oceans. Levels of these greenhouse gases are at record levels, meaning that our atmosphere and oceans will continue to warm for centuries to come. The laws of physics are non-negotiable,” he said.

The organization’s report stated the warming climate caused or intensified extreme weather events in 2013, including an increase in storms and flooding, a rush of arctic air into the southeastern U.S. and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

According to the WMO, “The global temperature assessment is based on three independent datasets that are maintained by the Met Office Hadley Centre and the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia (HadCRU), both in the United Kingdom; the National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NCDC NOAA), based in the United States; and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), also in the United States.”

The full report, “WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2013,” as well as an interactive map showing regional weather, can be found on the organization’s website.

Published: 3/24/2014

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