Earth has experienced invisible apocalypse
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published a report on the state Climate in 2011. Document developed 348 scientists in 48 countries, it contains detailed data on climate change observed over the past year.
"2011 will go down in history as the year of climate extremes," - says a leading researcher at the NOAA Kathryn Sullivan.
Climatic phenomenon La Niña, which is characterized by an abnormal cooling of surface water in the central and eastern tropical Pacific, had an impact on many significant weather events in the world last year. Among them, the drought in East Africa, the US south and in the northern part of Mexico, the season of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic, a typhoon in the northwest Pacific, the strongest in 70 years floods in Thailand, the flood in Brazil and the summer heat in Central Europe. The report also notes that the Arctic continues to show the most rapid climate change in comparison with the rest of the planet. Where warming has led to the fact that the sea ice area has shrunk to year low.
When preparing the report to determine changes and general trends in global climate system indicator 43, among which the temperature in the lower and upper atmosphere was used, the estimation of the cloud cover, the surface temperature of the sea and others.