Analysts noted that there were more than 8,590 daily warm temperature station records broken or tied during May. That figure was 18 times more than the 460 cold temperature station records for the month.
“We are going to continue to see records like this as naturally varying climate is amplified by human contributions to the climate,” Marshall Shepherd, the director of Atmospheric Studies at the University of Georgia, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In fact, he added that the next three months also have the likelihood of being warmer than normal. Much of America is predicted to experience above average temperatures between June and August, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.
Shepherd also noted that seemingly unusual snowy winters or warm summers do not indicate climate change. For example, although last winter was the snowiest in four years for metro Atlanta, "it is not weird to have cold and snowy winters," Shepherd explained.
“That was newsworthy, because they have been so warm,” he said. “A key point for the public is to understand that one day, week, or season doesn't define climate change. Weather is mood. Climate is personality. This is important to remember, so that people will not say, ‘oh, it is cold today, there is no global warming.’”
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