Even as we froze, April 2018 was the third-warmest on record
Sure, here in the Northeast we had snow in our front yards until a few weeks ago; it felt like spring would never arrive, and winter delivered plenty of frigid days with which to contend.
But globally, the reality of persistent climate change was undeniable: the world had the third-warmest April in 138 years of record-keeping according to recent NASA data; only April 2016 and 2017 were warmer than last month.
According to NOAA, the cyclical La Nina event in the Pacific just ended, which usually brings above-average temperatures. That could make 2018 even warmer than initially expected. At the very least, some climate watchers expect it'll be one of the top 5 warmest years in recorded meteorological history. And while individual years and months can be outliers, it's the undeniable overall warming trend that should cause real concern and hopefully spur us all to act.