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N0AA says the earth continued to heat up this year as compared to the average global temperature of the 20th century.

In fact, the land and ocean combined temperature for the first 5 months of 2014 was the 5th warmest ever.  Spring was right there at the 2nd warmest and top honors goes to May with a new all time record at 1.33 F above the previous century's 5th month average of 58.6 F.

Now, another way of describing this data is that the controversial topic of "Global Warming" continued for almost the first half of 2014!  

Many say "How can this be...last Winter and even much of Spring were brutally cold and snowy!"   

Well, while it was really frigid over the eastern half of the US, a significant heat wave baked a good deal of the rest of the planet including places like California!

This chart from NOAA puts it in perspective.  The blue over the eastern US shows much below average temperatures due to extreme cold, but the rest of the globe indicates red or much warmer conditions for the past 5 months.

To sum this up..."Global Warming" can still happen even with the cold extremes.

Weather actually determines this!  Weather itself is caused by the sun heating up our planet at different amounts and transferring this heat to the atmosphere.  A spinning and tilted earth help redistribute this heat.

Thus, an energy budget is worked up with a certain amount of solar energy added to the world and the same quantity lost to outer space.  With this steady state process, the average global temperature for the last century from January to May was 58.6 F.  In other words, the earth's thermostat was held just below 59 degrees on average.

But, since the Industrial Revolution kicked into high gear by the mid 1900s, the earth has warmed.  In other words, our atmosphere has locked in more of the sun's heat and released less to outer space.  You could say that the world's thermostat has been turned up in recent years!

Most scientist link this to the increase in fossil fuel emissions to our atmosphere especially Carbon Dioxide or CO 2.

They also forecast continued global warming for many years to come.  In other words, more record setting months, seasons and years concerning global temperatures are...expected!

For the full report, go to NOAA.

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