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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.
At the end of June, we wrote that a record-breaking high temperature of 100° F was detected in the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. This caused alarm as this was one more indicator of the rapid warming happening at the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, this stretch of record heat has continued in Siberia where’s it’s accelerated […]
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