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In the 35 year globally averaged, satellite-based temperature record, May was the third warmest May recorded.  There are two primary reasons for this.  The first is the ongoing global warming.  Although the warmest point in the satellite record was at the time of the last major El Niño in 1999, the globally averaged temperature has leveled off at a temperature only slightly lower than 1999 and considerably higher than was observed 20 to 35 years ago. The second reason is that another El Niño is developing in the Pacific Ocean.  It remains to be seen if this upcoming El Niño will be a strong one as they usually peak during winter, but this El Nino is starting from a base temperature that is warmer than past El Niños observed by satellite technology.    Meteorologist John Wheeler

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John Wheeler
John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.
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