|The heat is on. August was the hottest on record|
for the Earth. 2015 will be, too.
Like I said after worldwide data temperature came in after February, March, May, June and July, August, 2015 turns out to be hottest August on record for the world, according to NOAA's Center for Environmental Information.
The Japan Meteorological Society and Britain's Met Office came to similar conclusions about August.
We are in uncharted territory as far as global heat goes. I don't think there's ever been seven months in one year that set new records for global high temperatures.
Scientists say there's a 97 percent chance - a near certainty - that 2015 will be the hottest year on record for the globe. That would beat the record set just last year. And the British Met Office predicted that 2016 could be even hotter.
So much for the "pause" in global warming people talked about earlier this decade. It was really a faux pause anyway, since warming did continue during that period.
El Nino, that periodic warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean, has gotten stronger. El Ninos pump massive amounts of heat into the atmosphere, which boosts global temperature. That, and the fact that greenhouse gases are raising the Earth's temperature, explain the 2015 heat.
Of course, El Nino will eventually wane. Not every year going forward will be the hottest ever. Perhaps 2017 and 2018 will not quite score as Number One for global heat. But overall, El Nino or no El Nino, the trend in temperatures across the globe is ever and ever higher. Get used to it.
NOAA's report is a global analysis released monthly that examines the Earth's temperature and precipitation patterns.
This months' report, released yesterday. also said that this summer, June through August, was obviously the hottest on record. Arctic sea ice was at its fourth lowest level on record. Antarctic sea ice, which has actually showing a slow expanding trend in recent decades, reversed course at least temporarily and was a bit below normal.
Another trend continued in August that we've seen all year. While most of the world was hot, a patch of the North Atlantic, and parts of the American Midwest, were a little cooler than normal.
So far this year, no fewer than a dozen nations and territories have recorded their hottest temperatures on record. The locations pan the globe and include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Ghana.