Do you remember February 1985? Perhaps you were rocking out to Wham! and Foreigner while teasing your bangs. Or maybe you hadn’t even been born. Either way, it was a significant month for the planet — the last one that was cooler than normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In every single month after February 1985, the average global temperature has been warmer than normal — 400 months in a row. Anyone born after that month has never experienced a “cool” month for Earth, let alone a normal one.
It’s certainly a milestone for the planet, but it’s not surprising and it’s nothing new.
“We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm,” NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt told USA Today. “Speeding by a ‘400’ sign only underscores that, but it does not prove anything new.”
The average global temperature was about 1.5 degrees warmer than normal in the month of April, which may come as a surprise to anyone living in the United States, where it was the 13th coolest. While the rest of the globe simmered, the Upper Midwest set cold records. Iowa and Wisconsin had their all-time coldest April, while temperatures in surrounding states in the Central and Northeast United States were well below average. From Minnesota to Mississippi, nine states had their coldest April overnight lows.