April 21, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor GOES East Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)
In the past, when conditions were not in crisis, the Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ended November 30. Since the climate crisis has taken hold there are chronic hurricane winds and/or tornadoes year round.
The two warmest Februaries on record are 2016 and 2017.
I have been watching this develop for nearly four days on and it is enormous and inverted. Yesterday, I thought there was a chance it was going to dissipate, but, it came back strong overnight and today it is he first hurricane of the season.
This graphic compares (click here) the year-to-date temperature anomalies for 2017 (black line) to what were ultimately the eight warmest years on record: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009, and 1998. Each month along each trace represents the year-to-date average temperature anomaly. In other words, the January value is the January average temperature anomaly, the February value is the average anomaly of both January and February, and so on. The average global land and ocean surface temperature for January–February 2017 was 0.94°C (1.69°F) above the 20 century average of 12.1°C (53.8°F)—the second highest global land and ocean temperature for January–February in the 1880–2017 record, behind 2016 by 0.18°C (0.32°F), but 0.09°C (0.16°F) higher than 2015.