A report released by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that January 2020 was the hottest January in over a century. In 141 years of recorded history by NOAA, there has been no other January as warm as this one.
The previous record-holder was the January of 2016. The observation agrees with the data released by the European climate observing program, Copernicus, released last week.
Of the 1,681 months of the climate record, only March 2016, February 2016 and December 2015 each had a greater temperature departure from avg than #January 2020: @NOAANCEIclimate https://t.co/Y88Yf1yBud #StateOfClimate pic.twitter.com/B0Qry73kET
— NOAA (@NOAA) February 13, 2020
Interestingly previously recorded average temperature increases like the months of March 2016, February 2016 and December 2015 was triggered by the presence of El-nino in the pacific. But this time around there has been no El-nino and only we ourselves alone are responsible for the temperature rise.
Scientists argue the rise has been caused by greenhouse gas-induced global warming. They estimate that this won’t be an isolated incident. They are expecting more records to be broken in the coming years. Incidentally, Alaska recorded its lowest below-average temperature after 22 consecutive months this January.
We did it!!! January 2020 was the first below normal temperature month in 22 consecutive months! The last time was February of 2018. It was the 8th coldest January and also the 14th coldest month on record. If you felt like January was cold…you were right!!! #Cold #Alaska pic.twitter.com/04UQofKKUx
— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) February 1, 2020
All this serves as an alarming signal of how climate change is going to affect us all. Statistical analysis done by NOAA scientists says 2020 is going to be one of the top five warmest years on record for the globe.