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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 Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Climate change is raising temperatures, but it’s not being felt equally. In the U.S., people of color and low-income communities are exposed to higher temperatures and more smog than white residents. Two new studies show this correlation: A survey of temperatures across 175 of the largest U.S. cities found […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, is about to bring a higher-than-average storm formation, just like last year, according to the NOAA. The agency predicted “above normal” hurricane activity, with a 70% probability of 13 to 20 named storms. Six to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
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