A Very Warm 2007 and Warm Start to 2008

January 15, 2008 at 11:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The following report comes from NASA, after a detailed analysis of temperatures recorded worldwide in 2007:

“2007 Among Hottest Years on Record:
NASA Scientists Release Global Temperature Analysis
An analysis of 2007 global temperature data undertaken by scientists at Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, reveals that 2007 is tied with 1998 as the second hottest year on record. The unusual warmth of 2007 is noteworthy because it occurs at a time when solar irradiance is at a minimum and the equatorial Pacific Ocean has entered the cool phase of its El Niňo-La Niňa cycle.
The greatest warming in 2007 occurred in the Arctic. Global warming has a larger affect in polar areas, as the loss of snow and ice leads to more open water, which absorbs more sunlight and warmth. The large Arctic warm anomaly of 2007 is consistent with observations of record low Arctic sea ice in September 2007.
The eight warmest years in the GISS record have all occurred since 1998, with 2005 ranking as the hottest. Barring a large volcanic eruption, NASA scientists predict that a record global temperature exceeding that of 2005 can be expected within the next two to three years.”

And here in north Texas, the winter of 2007-2008 is continuing that trend. Since December 1st, our average daily high temperature has been 62.0 degrees. That makes the first half of this winter the 7th warmest on record, out of 109 years of records. And halfway through January, there has been no measurable rain yet at DFW. We remain in a La Niña pattern, and that is expected to continue into the spring. As a result, our weather should continue warmer and drier than normal in the coming months.

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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