The WMO-World Meteorological Organization confirms that the average surface temperature was the highest in recent 165 years. As www.mes.am website says, Hydrometservice Head Levon Vardanyan outlined that in 2014 the highest temperature deviations were observed in the western part of the South America, including Alaska, the eastern part of Eurasia, most part of Africa and southern and western parts of Australia.
In 2014 the average temperature all over Europe was significantly higher, while record-breaking temperatures were observed in a number of countries. 2014 year was the warmest in 19 European countries.
Temperature significantly lower than the average was observed in most parts of the US and Canada. In different parts of the planet abnormal deviations from average indicators were also recorded for precipitation. Lowest precipitation was recorded in the southeast of the USA, northeast of China and eastern part of Brazil. These areas were exposed to drought in 2014. The average annual temperature in Armenia for 2014 was higher than the standard by 1.50 C (5.50C) and made up 7.00C.
In 2014 67 hazardous meteorological phenomena were observed in Armenia: 27 cases of strong winds with 25 m/s and over, 10 case of hail larger than 20 mm, 16 cases of precipitation over 30 mm during 12 hours, 21 cases of snow over 20 mm during 12 hours. These phenomena caused significant damage to the economy of the country.
“These annual analyses at different level show that climate change really occurs on the planet, which is different based on time and space, while climate risks are conditioned with climate change, which tend to increase,” Levon Vardanyan concluded.
The “EcoLur” Informational NGO is organizing series of events aimed at public involvement and awareness raising targeted to the future climate change policy directions and development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of the Republic of Armenia under UN Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC).
The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under UNDP Climate Change Program, within the framework of ARM-002/2015 Contract. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.
14:19 April 28, 2015