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.
Although the seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July, August 2016 wound up tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded. August 2016’s temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest 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,” said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. “We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet.”
Last 11 months (since October 2015) have been warmest months in the entire history of record keeping that spans over 100 years. The monthly analysis by the GISS team is assembled from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations. The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations didn’t cover enough of the planet.
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.
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.
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