|Human-forced warming of the globe is expected to increase average surface ocean and land temperatures. It is also expected to generate higher peak readings over larger and larger regions. Such was the case during May of 2016 as a massive expanse of the world's oceans saw temperatures rocket to above 30 degrees Celsius (or 86 degrees Fahrenheit). |
32.7 million square kilometers of the world ocean saw temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius during May of 2016.
|High temperatures set off a range of harmful ocean conditions — including coral bleaching, lower levels of seawater oxygen, and increased rates of algae growth ... as it dumps copious volumes of high latent heat water vapor into the Earth’s atmosphere.|
The new record smashed 2015’s May 30C + extent of about 28.5 million square kilometers — by over 4 million square kilometers. The new 32.7 million square kilometer record extent is about equal in area to the size of Africa and Greenland combined. May’s record 30C extent has almost certainly contributed to extreme rainfall events around the globe during late May and extending into early June.