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Alaska were especially warm in February, 2017
It was also the fourth warmest month of any on record, if you look at it in terms of how far above normal the temperatures were.
January, 2017 was extraordinarily warm, too.
The year is young, but so far it's not going to plan.
This year - 2017 was - and in most quarters is - expected to break a trend of recent super hot years by being slightly cooler than the previous year or years.
The year 2014 was the world's hottest on record. That is until 2015, with beat that record. Whoops! No, 2016 beat the the previous year for warmest on record. That's three years in a row that broke the world's heat record.
Virtually all climate scientists expcct 2017 to be abnormally warm, due to climate change. However, a big El Nino from previous years has ended. El Ninos tend to heat the atmosphere of the Earth, making hot times hotter.
This year began with a weak El Nina, which tends to cool the atmosphere a tiny bit. So 207 was widely expected to cool off a tiny little bit. Yet, we're still remaining hot.
And now, some experts think a new heat-boosting El Nino might be brewing later this year.
Long-range forecasters caution that the possibility of an El Nino is still very uncertain for later this year. It's particularly hard to predict these things this time of year.
However, if an El Nino does develop, it would give a boost to global temperatures, which would give 2017 a shot at being another record hot year.
Very iffy at this point, but within the realm of possibility.
As I noted the other day, this climate change news comes amid a United States government that is totally hostile to the science.
The United States can't go it alone in battling climate change, obviously, but we need to be part of the effort.
The Earth's climate keeps showing signs of really being off the rails. Time for the United States to once again be the leader in protecting the world's security.
In this case, nuclear missiles aren't the problem. It's the stuff coming out of our car tailpipes.
Bill Mahar said it best in his monologue Friday. The Trump administration is like a person whose car is breaking down and "solves" the problem by putting black tape over the Check Engine light.