333 and Counting
December 22nd, 2012. Prince Edward Island, Canada. Normal temperatures for this location, at this time of the year are a high of -1 and a low -10 degrees Celsius. We hit a high of +10! And it poured rain for almost 24 hours. So much for a “white Christmas”.
Of course, I shouldn’t be surprised. The last time the world saw a month with below average temperatures was February 1985! That’s right. 1985. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, November 2012 was the “333rd consecutive month with global temperature higher than the long-term average”. Put another way, if you are 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month of below average temperatures.
And for the visual types out there, here are some pictures to illustrate (courtesy of 350.org. Follow the link to see more images):
We’ve made massive progress since these days. Phones fit in a pocket, the internet connects billions of people, and shoulder pads are history. Isn’t it finally time to change the course of our climate, too?