New data released Monday shows humanity has just unlocked another achievement in the race to cook the planet: The last three months were collectively the warmest ever experienced since record-keeping began in the late 1800s.And this is the artwork from our friends in Japan:
The Japan Meteorological Agency said June 2014 was the warmest June globally since at least 1891, when its dataset begins. This follows May 2014, which was the warmest May globally on record, which follows April 2014, which was the warmest April globally on record.
And then a few paragraphs later:
Also on Monday, NASA released its monthly global temperature numbers for June, with nearly identical results that were reached by a different method. According to NASA, June was the all-time third warmest, May was the warmest, and April was tied for second, with 2010 nudging out 2014 by an imperceptible 0.003 degrees Celsius in the three-month average. [Emphasis added.]Why did I emphasize the "reached a different method" part? If two separate studies using different methodologies both point to the same conclusion, then the chances of both being incorrect are lessened.
The temperature is still going up. The science is still solid and I still have to write this blog post (it seems) ever couple of weeks.