It looks like the month of August in the current year 2016 has been the hottest on record so far. Actually August 2016 global temperatures make 16th straight monthly record.
The worldwide mean temperatures were the highest for both August and the three months from June to August in 2016. This was so according to a trio of research panels.
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The NOAA issued a report on the matter and it categorically stated that August 2016 was the hottest month since records going back to 1880.
The average temperature on a global level was 0.92 degrees Celsius beyond the ordinary temperatures for the 20th century. The current temperature knocked off the previous temperature record for August which was 0.86 degrees Celsius above average.
August 2016 was the sixteenth warmest month on a record level for the entire planet earth. Thus this is the most lengthiest row of months during which the temperatures have been higher than usual. It is not a good sign.
July which is normally the warmest of months, saw a peak temperature this time around. The northern hemisphere has more land mass than the southern hemisphere. This affected the July temperatures.
Also for the third year now the planet has seen its warmest summer months from June to August. The first eight months of 2016 have all been relatively warmer than usual.
From January till August of this year, the average temperatures have been 1 degrees Celsius above the 1901 – 2000 records, according to Weather Channel.
Large parts of Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, Central Asia, Central and Southern Africa, South America, Central America, Alaska and Western Canada have seen sultry temperatures pick up speed.
2016 seems to have toppled the record temperatures set in 2014 and 2015. This means that trouble is brewing as far as climate change is concerned.
The warmest August, ever since record-keeping began, has really bamboozled the climate change scientists. They do not know what to make out of it. The August temperatures of 2014 have been beat by a 0.16 degree margin.
All these months breaking previous records since the past three years have been a sort of critical period of soul searching for humanity. Where do we go from here? Chaos or community? That is the question.
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The really ironic thing is that global warming is almost uniform around the world. Thus it is affecting everyone on the face of the planet and not just any one group of people. We are all in the same boat.