Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Streak of Record-Hot Temps Adds Another Month

The record-hot months of 2016 clearly stand out against the past 137 years. (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
The unprecedented streak of record-hot months that the world has experienced over more than a year just tacked on one more month:  Data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed last month was easily the hottest August on record.

That makes 16 straight record-hot months, unparalleled in NOAA’s 137 years of record-keeping.  The previous record streak was only 10 months, set in 1944.  NASA’s data, released earlier, also said August was record hot, not to mention tying for the hottest month the planet has ever recorded.

Though there are still several months left in the year, it is a virtual certainty that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, and by a significant margin.  While global temperatures can fluctuate from year to year, 2016 is serving as something of an exclamation point for the long-term trend of warming driven by the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

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