Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists – by Nika Knight

Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2016  by Common Dreams – by Nika Knight

Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

As wildfire rages in California, flooding affects millions in India and China, and eggs are fried on sidewalks in Iraq, scientists say global climate catastrophe is surpassing predictions 

Southern California’s years-long drought has resulted in one of the “most extreme” wildfires the region has ever seen. (Photo: Nick Ut/AP)

Record global heat in the first half of 2016 has caught climate scientists off-guard, reportsThompson Reuters Foundation.

“What concerns me most is that we didn’t anticipate these temperature jumps,” David Carlson, director of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) climate research program, told Thompson Reuters Foundation late Monday. “We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we’ve seen.”      

“Massive temperature hikes, but also extreme events like floodings, have become the new normal,” Carlson added. “The ice melt rates recorded in the first half of 2016, for example—we don’t usually see those until later in the year.”

Indeed, extreme weather events are currently wreaking havoc around the world.

[Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/27/scorching-global-temps-astound-climate-scientists

 

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