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400 temperature records beat by weather stations across 2021

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By Patryk Krych | The World Daily | JANUARY 8th 2022 


According to a climatologist who’s been keeping climate and weather records, over 400 weather stations all around the world had beaten their previous all-time high temperature records throughout the year of 2021.

Climatologist Maximiliano Herrera has been compiling weather records for over 30 years, releasing annual reports on broken climate and temperature records in order to keep tabs on extreme weather and climate changes.

The past six years have been the six hottest on record, and 2021 is likely to find itself among them as one of the hottest, continuing the concerning trend of a warming globe. National high records were either beaten or tied in ten countries, the US, Canada, Turkey and Taiwan. 107 had beaten their monthly high temperature records, and 400 worldwide weather stations had set new highs for their records as well.

Though NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have yet to publish their reports on the weather situation of 2021, it’s already been confirmed that the last year isn’t likely to end up as the hottest year on record, despite a continuation of severe droughts, water shortages, forest fires, and the infamous heat dome in the Western US having been prevalent crises throughout.

Aside from these, there were several other crises that got the attention of experts around the world, spurring increasing concerns for the years to come. Food aid had to be organised in Kenya by the country’s government for the first time in years, due to a failed rain season, as was observed by meteorologist and co-founder of Climate Without Borders, Patricia Nying’uro. 


“You can certainly see the effect of climate change in our weather in Kenya, and globally. We’re just putting together the data for 2021, but we think we will have seen an annual temperature which is 2.1C higher than normal for some parts of the country. The shifts are very noticeable, from one extreme to another in a very short space of time.”

According to the China Meteorological Administration, the country had also experienced its hottest year on record in 2021, with the addition of extreme and unexpected weather patterns. The Chinese Henan province had suffered in particular, with three unexpected days of heavy rainfall that completely annihilated crops and homes, and caused damages that are still being cleaned up today.

“Warming was the main theme of China’s climate in 2021,” said deputy head of the National Climate Centre, Jia Xiaolong. “In the context of global warming, recurrent extreme weather and climate events have become the norm, which is also a major challenge to disaster prevention and mitigation.”

“Of course 2021 was full of extreme events,” said Herrera, who compiled the recent records. “But if I have to name one, I’ll name what struck every single climatologist and meteorologist in the world.”

The event Herrera refers to, and calls “the mother of all heatwaves”, is of course the deadly heat dome that resided over the Western Coast of the United States throughout the periods of June and July.

“I confess, I would have never believed this to be even physically impossible. The magnitude of this event surpassed anything I have seen after a life of researching extreme events in all modern world climatic history in the past couple of centuries.” 


By Patryk Krych | © The World Daily 2022 

Source: The Guardian