The warm phase of El Niño came at a very opportune time for global warming enthusiasts. Most of the low-information liberals had the same reaction that Bette Midler had, which was to blame the east coast warm winter weather on “climate deniers.” There were some more honest liberals out there who showed that it wasn’t global warming causing the summery weather, but El Niño. As Wikipedia describes:
“El Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (commonly called ENSO) and is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, including off the Pacific coast of South America.”
Thanks to that unusually warm weather, it brought the average temperature for the year up slightly, and liberals heralded last year as the warmest year on record.
In spite of its unseasonably high temperatures, it didn’t quite make warmest year. According to Dr. Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, it was the third warmest year on record from 1979 to the present based on satellite data:
You can see from the graph that 1998 was the warmest year since 1979 – the year they started keeping track of global temperature with satellite data – and 2010 was the second warmest. Dr. Spencer wrote on his blog:
This makes 2015 the third warmest year globally (+0.27 deg C) in the satellite record (since 1979), behind 1998 (+0.48 deg C) and 2010 (+0.34 deg. C). Since 2016 should be warmer than 2015 with the current El Nino, there is a good chance 2016 will end up as a record warm year…it all depends upon how quickly El Nino wanes later in the year.
Even liberals will acknowledge that El Niño is not fueled by manmade global warming. But they claim that El Niño phases are becoming more frequent and intense because of manmade global warming. Go figure.