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Why This Matters: Yet another wake-up call — this one by the global weather scientists — that re-affirms what we have been hearing in a drip by drip fashion in recent months. How many second warmest month, or warmest low temperature, or highest flood level records do we need to set to have this news sink in? Many people believe that communicating climate change through the “frame” of the weather is one way to gain support from the skeptical public for action on climate change. Just continuing to report the weather facts — which are hard to change or deny — does seem to help. Which is why it is good that NOAA continues to issue monthly updates about how this year’s weather compares to the past.
The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for August 2019 was 0.92°C (1.66°F) above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F) and tied with 2015 and 2017 as the second-highest August temperature departure from average since global records began in 1880.
This is 0.06°C (0.11°F) less than the record warm August set in 2016.
Nine of the 10 highest August land and ocean surface temperatures have occurred since 2009, with the five warmest Augusts occurring since 2014.
August 1998 is the only August from the 20th century to be among the 10 warmest Augusts on record.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As California’s summer fire season comes to a close, autumn’s Santa Ana winds have intensified a fast-moving wildfire now terrorizing Santa Barbara County. The Alisal fire began Monday afternoon. Since then, it has engulfed 16,801 acres and is only 5% contained, according to CalFire. As a result, a portion […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been 18 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2021, surpassing 2020’s disaster costs with almost three months still left until 2022. Experts say that weather events across the spectrum, including wildfires, hurricanes, and severe weather, are not […]
Tropical Depression #Kate Advisory 15: Kate Still a Poorly Organized Depression. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 31, 2021 Hurricanes are getting “too relatable,” at least according to the National Hurricane Center’s twitter account. The Center’s tweets have been getting a lot of attention lately for seemingly describing people’s personal lives, although they deny […]
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