Good job, humans, we just made it through what looks to be the two hottest months in human history.
NASA just analysed temperature records for August 2016, and has announced that not only was last month the hottest August on record – it also ties with July 2016 as the hottest month ever since meteorological records began in 1880.
Global average temperature is rising due to global warming and it is not new to us. We humans have led to such deteriorating situation where climate is changing unpredictably and temperature is breaking all previous records in the history.
Scientists monitoring temperature at the NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York have revealed that August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping.
July 2016 was the hottest month on record – some 0.84˚C (1.27˚F) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average, and 0.11˚C (0.2˚F) degrees hotter than the previous hottest-ever months.
July 2016 also happened to mark the 10th consecutive month of record-breaking heat across the globe, with June 2016 being the hottest June on record, May 2016 being the hottest May on record, and so on, all the way back to October 2015, according to NASA’s records.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that monitors weather separately reveals that every month since May 2015 has been the hottest version of that month ever.
“The scary thing is that we are moving into an era where it will be a surprise when each new month or year isn’t one of the hottest on record,” Chris Field, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution and Stanford University, said.
Both the agencies, NASA and NOAA monitors weather separately and have different techniques but they both point towards the warmest months which is scary. Global warming has struck our surroundings and the alarming data just warns us that situation might get even worse if nothing is done to control it now.