Last year was the 10th warmest year for the globe since records began in 1880, making it the 36th consecutive year in which global temperatures were above average, according to a recent analysis by NOAA. What’s more, all 12 years in the 21st century have been among the 14 warmest years on record, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as warmest and second warmest, respectively.
Temperatures in the Southwest U.S. are predicted to increase, with the greatest warming (3.5-6.5 degrees F) in the summer season and a localized maximum in central Utah, according to a new technical report produced as part of a series of regional climate descriptions by the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service prepared as input for the U.S.
Warmer-than-average temperatures have persisted in Arizona and New Mexico over the past month, with temperatures 2 to 4 degrees F above average, according to the latest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS.
Warming global average surface temperatures over the past century have contributed to an increase in the frequency of large storm surges from tropical storms in the Atlantic, according to a new study in PNAS.
Trees are more stressed under warmer conditions due to higher vapor pressure deficits (VPDs)—a measure of how much water the air can hold compared to what is already there—according to a study soon to be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Last week Arctic sea ice reached its smallest extent since record keeping began in 1979 and has now dropped below 1.54 million square miles, with at least one week still left in the melt season, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Summertime warming due to megapolitan expansion and associated land-use changes in Arizona’s Sun Corridor—the region stretching from Nogales to Prescott—could approach 7.2 degrees F over 2006 temperatures by mid-century, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change.
Extreme summer temperatures, such as those in Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 and Moscow in 2010, were definitively the result of global warming, according to a new study by NASA scientists published in PNAS. The authors found that in the summer, colder-than-average temperatures now—in the most rec