|August 2016: another record month|
August 2016 was the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records.
Although the seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July, August 2016 wound up tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded. August 2016's temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August in 2014. Last month also was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951–1980.
»Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile«, says GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. »We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet.«