Climate trackers say August was record-warm globally

Summit County Citizens Voice

Streak of record global heat continues

Surface air temperature anomaly for August 2016 relative to the August average for the period 1981-2010. Source: ERA-Interim. Surface air temperature anomaly for August 2016 relative to the August average for the period 1981-2010. Source: ERA-Interim.

Staff Report

August 2016 is down in the global climate annals as the warmest August on record and the second-warmest month of all time, just behind July. According to Copernicus, Europe’s earth observation program, August’s global average temperature was 0.62 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 average, and 0.17 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous August record, set in 2015.

According to the Copernicus update, the global temperature anomaly crested in February, coinciding with the peak of ocean-warming El Niño conditions, dropped from March to June, but spiked again during July and August. Each month from August 2015 onward has been the warmest on record for that particular month.

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