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Global average temperature in June 2024 continued a 13 month streak as the warmest average temperatures since the beginning of humankind and a lot longer.  Remember the UN goal of keeping global warming to 1.5° C ( 2.7°F) above the temperature at the start of the industrial revolution? Last year had 12 consecutive months of global temperatures above this threshold!
In the backyard, we have seen a very warm June. In fact Sarasota recorded its 5th warmest June and 4th wettest.  If it were not for the 16.88 inches of rain, it would have been even hotter.  Normal for June is about 7 inches. Of course on June 11th, an unnamed tropical storm dumped that amount of rain, and more, flooding much of Sarasota and many locations in South Florida. Extreme precipitation or none is one of the signatures of a warming climate.  

Flash flooding due to Invest90L in Sarasota on June 12, 2024. (
Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

June 2023 was the warmest June in Sarasota but there was no rain. When it is dry, it is hotter.  When it rains, it is less hot because of cloud cover but the heat index makes it feel even hotter. Can you relate to that?
Most every city in Florida had a top 10, since records began, hottest and wettest Junes.

Extensive damage after hurricane Beryl in Carriacou Island in Grenada.

Of course, we know there were 3 named tropical storms in June too, including the strongest hurricane to ever form in the month of June since record keeping began.  A record warm sea surface temperature is creating monster hurricanes, faster, more frequently with more devastating impacts.

More on this later this week as Beryl completes its record romp through the Atlantic, Caribbean, and now the U.S.

Why the CAC has hope for our warming climate

The trend of warmer weather can certainly get you down, but the CAC has tremendous hope for our future. As more people understand what climate warming means, they’re growing concerned and more open to learning what we need to do as individuals and as a society. This is especially true as they see climate warming impact their daily lives — in droughts, intense hurricanes and flood producing extreme rain events, like the one that struck Sarasota on June 11, 2024.

More and more people are supporting the CAC, enabling us to create more awareness while helping our community learn adaptation and action strategies. We are seeing more commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition towards renewable energy sources.

The CAC is committed to the local climate conversation. We do this with events like the Climate Champions Awards Ceremony, Hurricane Season Forecast Day and the upcoming Annual Climate Conference in November, that will focus on human health.

We also give climate presentations to thousands of people each year, answering their questions and helping them understand climate impacts and what they can do to make a real difference in our future.

You can support us in helping our conversation going by making a donation or becoming a member.

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