What Global Warming, What Climate Change?

In the ten years since the new millennium global land mean temperatures have barely increased but even so the decade was the warmest for both land and sea temperatures, although the rate of temperature rise seems to have declined when compared with the rate of the previous decade. The last decade saw climate extremes and weather extremes that were greater than ever recorded.

  • There were more heat waves and more people died from heat waves
  • The decade was the second wettest since 1901
  • Sea levels rose at the rate of 3mm per annum,
  • There was a record decline in Arctic sea ice
  • Every year of the decade except 2008 was among the 10 warmest on record
  • Most countries had their warmest decade in 2001-2010.
  • No country reported a nationwide average decadal temperature cooler than the long term average
  • Throughout most of the decade the sun has been at its solar minimum, when temperatures would normally decline.

It’s Hotting Up

In August ten years ago Faversham in Kent recorded the higher temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom. The good folk of Faversham felt 38.5 °C (101.3 °F). The highest temperature ever recorded on this planet was at Death Valley in California in July 1913 when temperatures reached 56.7 °C (134 °F).

These are exceptional temperatures, as you would expect record temperatures to be, about ten degrees higher than average temperatures.

While the United Kingdom has experienced a poor and sometimes sunless summer, the folk of the Western United States are suffering a heat wave. Temperatures are on average ten degrees higher than average. In Phoenix 47 °C was recorded while in Death Valley 51 °C was recorded and were forecast to reach very close to the record.

The Western United States is getting hotter, and it is still June. Back in the United Kingdom the forecast for this week end is for temperatures to reach 24°C this week end.