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“NO GLOBAL WARMING,” shouts Internet. Reality: April 2016 was the Hottest April on Record

“THERE IS NO “GLOBAL WARMING”! Even the idiots who invented that notion had to drop that name because THRE IS NO GLOBAL WARMING.”

So declares the pseudonymous JD777 in an online response to a policy statement by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on policies to combat atmospheric carbon dioxide.  More prominently, Donald Trump declares that global warming is a “bullshit” idea “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

It’s a free country: Donald Trump and JD777 can make claims all they like.  If you care about actual observations, you’re also free to fact-check, to access actual scientific data on the subject.  Over the weekend, new data released by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicate that across the globe, April 2016 was the hottest April in the 136-year NASA record.  The following are the hottest warmest Aprils for the globe in that record:

#1: 2016
#2: 2010
#3: 2014
#4: 2015
#4: 2007 (tied)
#6: 2005
#7: 1998
#8: 2012
#9: 2011
#10: 2000

And here are the ten coolest Aprils for the globe in that record:

#1: 1913
#2: 1911
#3: 1904
#4: 1910
#5: 1917
#6: 1907
#7: 1894
#8: 1918
#9: 1908
#10: 1913

There’s a pattern, and it isn’t “NO GLOBAL WARMING.”

Just in case you think I’m cherrypicking only the most extreme years to prove my point, let’s look at all the global temperature levels for the month of April across all the years in the NASA dataset:

Graph: Difference from 1951-1980 average in global land-ocean temperature in degrees Celsius

And just in case you think I’m cherrypicking months, I invite you to check the dataset for yourself.  You’ll find that for the entire globe March 2016 was the hottest March on record, that February 2016 was the hottest February on record, that January 2016 was the hottest January on record, and that the year 2015 was the hottest year on record.  2016 is quickly shaping up to be the newest hottest year on record.

Finally, let’s go back to JD777, who claims that scientists stopped using the phrase “global warming.”  Again, let’s take advantage of our freedom to fact-check that claim. A quick check of scientific abstracts shows that so far in the year 2016, roughly 18,000 articles have been published using the phrase “global warming.”  JD777 is wrong again.

3 thoughts on ““NO GLOBAL WARMING,” shouts Internet. Reality: April 2016 was the Hottest April on Record”

  1. Bill Butler says:

    The graph and data source below is just a confirmation of Jim’s post.
    GISS Graphics:
    The following may be a useful point when any ignoramus says:
    “They had to change the name from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change” because there has been no warming since (pick a random date).
    The Intergovernmental Panel on CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC) was established in 1988. Could (ignoramus’ name) please provide a date as to when Global Warming stopped and the name change was forced?

  2. ella says:

    Heat records are being broken or matched in the Northwest, but not all of it can be blamed on global warming. Or at least maybe only in part, as El Nino, is hanging on into the Spring of 2016. The record heat is being recorded locally and around the world – the past 11 months setting modern record highs. Even though it is hotter in the west the southeast wobbling from cooler to warmer, as is the north cental and northeast. Snow in Maine in May? It happens rarely.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      El Niño is about the distribution of temperature to different localities. Global warming is a phenomenon on a different level — across the globe.

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