Earth Watch


This page will be updated monthly with world news connected to climate change.

2018 was a

year of records.

August 24th, 2018: Maine hit a new record of 31 days where humidity was 70 or higher.

In the summer of 2018, the Gulf of Maine warmed 3.0° C (5.3° F) above average – an unheard-of temperature spike.

The Arctic had its warmest year on record.

April 2018 set a global record in human history of average carbon dioxide (CO2 ) concentration in our atmosphere: 410 parts per million (ppm). Continued CO2 emissions at today’s rate put Earth on track to reach 2° C of warming later in this century.

 

June 30th, 2018: The city of Quriyat in Oman had the highest daily low temperature in recorded world temperature history: 107° F. July produced heat records set around the world: Asia, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and the western USA.

Also in July 2018: England had its driest summer in 50 years. But 16.4 inches of rain fell in Baltimore in one storm. Greece had record heat with a firestorm that killed 90 people. Algeria, Africa recorded the highest temperature in modern temperature-recorded history: 124.3° F. The temperature hit 86° F north of the Arctic Circle.

2014-2017 were the 4 hottest years globally since records have been kept (about 138 years). The Arctic, which is warming faster than anywhere on Earth, has warmed 2.5° C since the middle of the 20th century.

September 5th: North Carolina had a record rainfall from hurricane Florence: 30+”.

October 16th: Major floods in Texas with “record-breaking” river flood levels. Llano, TX experienced a 35-foot river rise in 24 hours.

October 20th, 2018: North America suffered its 9th CAT 4 hurricane in one year, an annual record.

December 18th: Washington D.C. set an annual record rainfall since records were kept.

 

Climate scientists are consistent in their predictions

of more extreme rains because of human-caused climate change

The warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. More rain will fall in severe, intermittent storms rather than gentle soaking showers. The global regions exempt from this prediction include California, Northern Africa, the Southwest tip of South Africa, and the most western and most eastern areas of Australia.