July 2021 Featured Record Breaking Warmth Globally
July 2021 will go down in the record books globally. The surface land and water temperatures were 1.67 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average, according to NOAA.
This is a look at the global temperature anomaly versus the 1951 – 1980 global average temperature. A temperature anomaly is a temperature difference from normal.
Most locations warmed 32 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit from July 2021 compared to the 1951 to 1980 average. That is the orange and yellow colors. In extreme cases, the temperature increased 45 degrees Fahrenheit or greater from the 1951 to 1980 average compared to July 2021. That is the dark red color on the map.
The Northern Hemisphere land surface temperature was more than 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average.
Here in Northern Michigan, temperatures were only slightly above average in July 2021.
The bigger impact was going from extremely dry to extremely wet conditions. Sault Ste. Marie had the second wettest July in 2021. Traverse City and Gaylord had the wettest July on record.
According to Climate Central, weather extremes are going to be the biggest impact from an evolving climate. Extreme precipitation events of 1.0″ or greater are becoming more frequent for Traverse City since the mid-1900s. Climate Central is a group of scientists who research impacts and facts about the evolving climate.