It's a good time to be a weather enthusiast because everybody is talking about the weather. And there is plenty to talk about... Well actually, only one thing right now in our neck of the woods and that is the balmy temperatures (we won't mention the snowstorm in Arizona). We are having May and June like temperatures. Records are being blasted and beaten like a rented mule, left, right and center. And these positive temp anomalies will continue for a while, albeit reduced somewhat by the end of the month in certain areas.
Naturally, the question comes: is this Global Warming? Some would predictably say yes... I would say no, again predictably. Climate/weather always changes and unique circumstances can always occur. If you remember back in my December 22nd post, I commented how we were in a relatively unique atmospheric weather situation. That continued throughout the winter. Alaska had its coldest January on record. Eastern Europe had record cold and snows in February as did Northern China. But we had warm temperatures and a lack of snowstorms, especially in the eastern half of the N. American Continent. As a result we have a lack of snowcover (4th lowest N.America winter on record) and record high Great Lake temperatures. So any strong southerly flow of air will be un-moderated, un-cooled and ripe for breaking records. And that is what is happening big time.
So both the current AND preceding weather patterns are responsible for our current weather. Enjoy it. It may lead to a cooler than normal summer.
Update Mar.22nd: I've added a couple links to show my points about a global view of weather.