COP 20 Lima WMO Dep. Sec. General Lengoasa on World Meteorological Conference provisional statement on the state of the Climate in 2014.
- The year 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record.
- Near-surface ocean temperatures have been particularly high.
- The Arctic sea ice extent was again below its long-term average, and this year’s extent was the 6th lowest one record.
- The Antartic sea ice extent has reached a record high.
- This year has been marked as a number of record events, including flooding around parts of the world, as well as drought, heavy snowfalls
and below average numbers of tropical storms.
Using three different datasets, the data indicates that from January to October that the global earth temperature was 0.57 Degrees above the 1961 to 1990 average of 14 Degrees Celsius. We are seeing a warming trend, including land surface temperature. Ocean surface temperatures are also at record highs. The year has also seen a radical increase in droughts and high temperatures. There have also been floods and heavy rainfall that have not been seen before. The UK has had it’s wettest winter on record.
Arctic sea ice has also been severely affected. Green House gasses are also at a record high.
This raises a question: Where does the heat go?