Discover Magazine discusses whether global warming is taking a break. No. Last month tied for the warmest April, keeping Earth on track to reach a new, disturbing milestone this year.
If you live in the eastern two-thirds of North America, it may well have felt like global warming has been on vacation lately, with very chilly weather and even freezes and snowfall extending into May in some places.
But don’t be fooled: For the globe overall, very unusual warmth last month is helping propel the climate in 2020 toward what could well be the warmest year.
Two independent analyses of the global climate in April have now been published, the latest today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The other was released last week by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Both show April’s global average surface temperature as being second-highest in records dating back to 1880. NASA’s own independent analysis should be released soon.