Scientists confirm 2019 as 2nd hottest year

| 08/01/2020 | 12 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Scientists have now confirmed that 2019 was the second hottest year on record. Speculation that it was likely to be the second or third hottest year since humans began measuring temperatures was confirmed by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on Wednesday. The Europe-based climate organisation said that last year’s global average surface air temperature was just 0.04 °C lower than in 2016, the warmest year ever recorded.

“2019 has been another exceptionally warm year, in fact the second warmest globally in our dataset, with many of the individual months breaking records,” said C3S Director Carlo Buontempo in a press release outlining the findings.

“The C3S temperature dataset for 2019 is the first complete set to be published including annual anomalies and globally averaged fields. This is possible because we are an operational programme, processing millions of land, marine, airborne and satellite observations daily. A state-of-the-art computer model is used to bring all these observations together, in a similar way to how weather forecasting is carried out,” he added.

The data also show that the five warmest years on record have all occurred in the last five years, with 2019 coming in as the second warmest. 2010-2019 was also the warmest decade on record. 2019 was almost 0.6°C warmer than the 1981-2010 average. The average temperature of the last 5 years was between 1.1 and 1.2 °C higher than pre-industrial levels.

C3S also measures global atmospheric CO2 concentrations and found that it continued to rise in 2019, increasing by 2.3 ± 0.8 ppm.

Jean-Noël Thépaut, Director of ECMWF Copernicus, said these were all unquestionably alarming signs.

In addition to the global temperatures and the CO2 emissions, there were historic temperatures recorded in France, Germany and other parts of Europe, which record all time highs, while the Greenland ice sheet experienced unprecedented melting and the year closed with Australia literally on fire from the record highs in that country, which is still battling horrific and devastating wildfires.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yet in Europe –

    The UK had a brief ‘heatwave’ around the end of August 2019 – exactly the same happened in early July 2015 but there was no re-occurrence in between. In the Winter of 2010/11 they had -16C with heavy snow. A year later they had a Winter so dry a hosepipe ban went into force in April 2012.

    I have friends in NY State in NY State – the are still experiencing freezing conditions and had 3′ of snow dumped there before the holidays.

    As I’ve posted before, we’re talking ‘snap shot’ statistics here. Over 20 years ago the French put a satellite into orbit that was capable of measuring sea levels to within millimetres. It’s still up there and running but I don’t see any data from that here.

    Yes, we’ve got a problem but using BS stats to support the case is just dumb.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well the same cannot be said for neighboring New Jersey. No snow and so far the warmest Winter on record. Heat temperatures for January are about to be set the next few days. 19C or around 65F. Your friends in NY State must live in the far North of New York State. We are in January i3:03 so below freezing conditions are usual.

  2. Anonymous says:

    purchased 5,000 acres of permafrost land in Canada super cheap, and now just waiting for it to turn into arable land and make a fortune for my next generation.

    Canada is really going to benefit from the warming, thats why they need a wall built now on their southern border and the US can pay for it

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m really hoping that was meant in jest as if the world warms so hot that things die, domino effect.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, he or she was serious about Canada building a wall on its southern border that the US will pay for.

  3. Anonymous says:

    In short, you can’t trust your eyes that sees no significant temperature difference no matter where you are on earth, or your comment sense. Rather,

    You need to learn to put your trust the God of the 97%.

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