April 2012 heats up as 5th warmest month globally

(AP) -- Unseasonable weather pushed last month to the fifth warmest April on record worldwide, federal weather statistics show.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center calculated that April's of 57.9 degrees (14.4 degrees Celsius) was nearly 1.2 degrees (0.7 degrees Celsius) above the 20th Century normal. Two years ago was the hottest April since recordkeeping started in 1880.

Last month was the third hottest April in the United States and unusually warm in Russia, but cooler than normal in parts of western Europe. This is despite a now ended La Nina which generally lowers .

Temperatures that would have once been considered unusually hot and record breaking now aren't even in the top two or three, said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University .

The last time the globe had a month that averaged below the 20th Century normal was February 1985. April makes it 326 months in a row. Nearly half the population of the world has never seen a month that was cooler than normal, according to United Nations data.

"A warmer world is the new normal," Oppenheimer said. "To me, it's startling to think that a generation has grown up with global warming defining their world."

The first four months of 2012 only rank the 15th warmest on record.

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May 16, 2012
It's interesting to note that western Europe was cooler than normal. April was bitterly cold and wet in Ireland, despite one of the warmest March's on record. In like a Lion, out like a Lamb, as they say.

May 18, 2012
Classic cherry picking. So what? This means nothing. Weather is not climate except when it suits extremists.

May 18, 2012
"hottest April since recordkeeping started in 1880."

132/2e9 = 6.6e-8

Not much of a record.

May 18, 2012
""To me, it's startling to think that a generation has grown up with global warming defining their world.""

And previous generations survived glaciers defining their world.

May 19, 2012
Great work Vendicar and Dir. Your belligerent name calling and bullying is driving readers in droves to the skeptic camp. It's great to see you driving nails into your own coffins by hurling abuse. Keep up the good work. Readers, if I sound like a 'fool' google 'climate' and make up your own minds. From my experience, people hurl abuse when they're hiding something.

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