Long time, no see. Sorry for the lengthy time between entries. Real life has gotten quite complicated of late. So, let's hit one major topic that has been in the news of late: The absolutely sizzling start to 2016. Just how sizzling has it been? Take a look:
Zooming in to the current warming trend (which I define as since 1970), we get this:
Looking at just January through March, the first quarter for 2016 was extremely hot, with an average anomaly of 1.25ºC. That is by far the warmest first quarter start to a calendar year in recorded history.
The bad news? First, deniers will have a new start point to their "It hasn't warmed since _____!" claims. Second, regardless for how much global temperatures bounce around the trend, the trend itself continues. With CO2 levels currently above 400 ppmv and rising, that trend will with us for the foreseeable future, as we're currently locked into 1.54ºC of total warming, with more to come unless drastic action is taken.