August 2016 Blended Land and Sea Surface Temperature Percentiles click on image to enlarge
Yesterday NOAA released its monthly global planet report and we are not surprised to find August was the 16th month in a row of record warmth for the globe, the longest such streak in 137 years. If this trend carries on Northern Europe will soon be having Christmas dinner in on the beach. Joking apart NOAA claim August 2016 was 1.66 degrees F above the 20th-century average, breaking last years’ record for the warmest August on record by 0.09 degrees F, The June–August seasonal temperature was 1.6 degrees F above average, surpassing the heat record for this period set in 2015 by 0.07 degrees. For the year to date, the average global temperature was 1.82 degrees F above average, also breaking the heat record set in 2015 by 0.29 degrees.
World map of significant global climate extreme events in August 2016 August 2016 was another record-breaking month for the globe. (NOAA NCEI) Click on image to enlarge