Despite the dreary rain and this week’s temperatures that are well below average, it has been reported by an article on wral.com that the planet as a whole has broken the monthly heat record for a 12th month in a row. The article attributes this in part to global warming and to El Nino, a oscillating weather pattern that can affect weather globally. The last month that did not have record setting warm temperatures was April 2015 and the last month that was not above the 20th century average was December, 1984. The last month to break a monthly cold record was December, 1916. This April broke the record set last April by two degrees. While it may not seem like much, this record warming is leading to consequences such as record low snow in the northern hemisphere.
How is this warming trend going to be affecting us this summer? Research conducted by North Carolina State University is predicting a very active hurricane season this year, with four to seven more named storms than normal and one to three more major hurricanes. This will be primarily driven by warmer than normal water temperatures near the coast (despite a cooling trend in the Atlantic) and lower wind shear. Of course, it doesn’t take a major hurricane to cause damage and flooding so it is best to prepare now before the hurricane season starts on June 1st. Check your emergency kit for a good supply of non-perishable food, water, blankets, clothing, batteries, and any pet supplies you may need.
To read more about the record setting temperatures, hurricane forecast, and how to prepare for potential summer storms follow the links below:
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