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More record cold than record warmth this year

Record cold around the world.
Record cold around the world.
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Record cold observed around the world has vastly surpassed record warmth so far in 2014.

While during the past twelve months, the number of daily record highs exceeded the daily record lows by twelve per cent globally, this ratio shifts dramatically after 2014.

Despite unusual warmth in both hemispheres, according to the National Climatic Data Center’s Weather Records Summary, daily record lows globally have surpassed daily record highs by 70 percent this year. In the past 30 days, record lows have eclipsed record highs by nearly 250 percent.

Monthly record lows are even with monthly record highs in the past 365 days, but since 2014, the number of monthly record lows outweigh the monthly record highs by 60 percent.

Although this emergent trend may seem miniscule on a climatological scale, it could be significant given that record daily highs consistently outnumbered daily record lows since the 1980s.

When considering this trend alongside recent findings that global warming slowed during the past decade, it appears there’s more to climate change than just warming.

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