January 2020 was the warmest on record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States has published a report from which it follows that the past January 2020 became a record hot on a global scale. The data of the report refers to North America, but illustrates the general climate situation on the planet.

In part, the rise in temperature was due to the extreme polar vortex and pressure drops, which prevented the frosty Arctic air from reaching mid-latitudes. This abnormal heat has already done a lot of trouble, and the forecast for the spring is even worse.

Due to the fact that January was warm and humid, the water level in the Great Lakes of North America exceeded the norm by 15-30 cm. There was practically no ice cover, which is why strong storms raged throughout the winter. In light fresh water, waves are formed more often and higher than in salty water, so observers were not surprised by the 7-meter shafts that smashed the shores of Lake Michigan from Chicago to Milwaukee. They caused hundreds of millions of damage simply because the lakes did not freeze over as expected in winter.

Spring for the United States is characterized by two trends, drought in the west and flooding in the southeast. The reason for this is the significant difference in pressure on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Ice near Alaska will melt earlier than before, rain in the western direction can not be expected, Texas is at risk of facing a catastrophic drought. The Mississippi and the southeast of the country, on the other hand, will flood before the hurricane season begins, so disasters are possible there too.

But most of all, American scientists are worried about the absence of signs of El Niño (fluctuations in the temperature of the surface water layer in the equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean, which has a noticeable effect on the climate - ed. Tekhcult), which has not made itself felt for more than a year. This global phenomenon for both American continents cannot be ignored, but the element is suspiciously lurking.