For the first time every, every inch of all 50 US states is forecast to see above average temperatures for the next 3 months, according to the federal government’s Climate Prediction Center.
This map usually shows areas forecast to see above average temps, below average temps, and equal chances. The next 3 months, this map is showing nothing but above average temperatures for all 50 states.
These forecasts/outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center go back 21 years to 1995.
Dan Collins of the Climate Prediction Center credits unusually warm ocean temperatures for the above average temperature outlook for the USA. The warm ocean creates a warm atmosphere that translates to the higher temps.
Dan Collins also attributed a warming trend that is occurring in the USA. This decade has been warmer on average than any previous decade.
The coming heat in the USA will be due to a blocking pattern in the upper atmosphere that allows high pressure ridges to build up and stay put. High pressure means sinking air, which prevents could formation and rain.
Human caused climate change is a culprit in all this warmth. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with the Weather Company, states that these blocking patterns have become more regular of late and may be caused by the dramatic decrease in Arctic sea ice due to climate change.
June was the hottest month on record in the USA and globally. The first 6 months of 2016 was the hottest 6 month period on record. 2016 is on track to be the hottest year, globally, on record. It will beat out 2015 as the hottest year on record, which beat out 2014 as the hottest year on record. There’s a trend here… Records began back in 1880.
July will most likely turn out to be the warmest month in recorded history. That would mean this July may be the warmest month in the past 1,627 months, or since global records began in January 1880.