August Was The Hottest In 136 Years

Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Following record-setting July temperatures, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) says August tied July for the warmest month ever recorded.

GISS researchers say August 2016 was 0.16°C warmer than the records set by August 2014. August 2016 is also 0.98°C warmer than the average temperature for the month ranging from 1951-1980.

GISS researchers assemble the data from nearly 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations. According to wordwide data, which goes back to 1880, August 2016 was the warmest August on record in 136 years.

“The long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet,” says Gavin Schmidt, GISS Director.

August’s record-setting temperatures continues a streak of 11 consecutive months – starting in October 2015 – with new monthly temperature records.

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6 comments on “August Was The Hottest In 136 Years

  1. Bye bye Peaches. The bloom was in January this year. Ironic that the USDA is offering disaster relief for the peach crop loss due to winter freeze when clearly winter warm was what took the crop.

    1. Same thing for my Georgia pear crop. 2016 was the first year my 14 year old trees made less fruit than a previous year. 2016 crop is non existent. 10% of normal number of blooms came on due to warmest winter in 10 years.

    1. September has NOT been cool in the South. In fact, this is the hottest September (so far) I can remember. Please tell me you’re not one of those delusional climate-change deniers. The warming is affecting all of us, both in and out of the agricultural industry, and we must make a concerted effort to tackle it now if we are to reduce the harm.

    2. Mike,
      That is “weather” not “climate”. Climate change reflects large, global, longterm trends, as in the graph the author provided.
      Not your local weather anomalies, within a short time frame.necessarily.

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