Amid global clamour over climate change or global warming, NASA has come out with another indicator in the direction saying August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years.
A monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York revealed that the seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July, and August 2016 wound up tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded in the last 136 years, the time when records began to be preserved.
August 2016’s temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous recorded warmest month of August in 2014. Last month also was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.
"Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile. We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet." said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt.
The record warmest month of August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records. The monthly analysis was taken from data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ships and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.
The modern global temperature record began around 1880 as data collection was not enough covering the entire world prior to this year.