NOAA: Globally, the First Four Months of 2015 were the Hottest on Record
One town’s weather is not the same as global climate.
It’s easy to lose track of the difference because as humans we pay more attention to what we see with our own eyes and pay less attention to what we don’t see. It’s even easier to lose track of the difference between local weather and global climate when leaders like Senator Jim Inhofe go on TV to throw a snowball gathered from a winter snowbank in the Washington, DC area and declare that this disproves “global warming hysteria,” like he did in February 2015. Psst… did you know that Senator Inhofe’s largest source of campaign contributions is the oil and gas industry?
James Inhofe isn’t wrong when he says that the Winter of 2015 was cold around Washington, DC: NOAA’s U.S. climate report released last week confirms that 10 Northeastern U.S. states did experience unusual coldness in the first four months of 2015. But he is wrong to extrapolate from this local weather pattern to a denial of the trend of global warming. NOAA’s global climate report, also released last week, shows that during the same period — the first four months of 2015 — the globe reached a record high in temperature overall:
That’s what global warming looks like.