ALERT: This Year's August was the Hottest One in 136 Years, According to NASA
Yes, we're burning continously. August is now the hottest month of the year; but also are July, June, and even April. NASA released data last Monday which categorized August as the "hottest August" in 136 years.
In a Climate Central report, August 2016's temperature is recorded at 1.76˚F (0.98˚C) above the average from 1951 to 1980 and above August 2014 that recorded 0.16˚C. Due to the seasonal temperature cycle that has reached its peak and with the onslaught of El Nino, August's high temperature came as a suprise as tied with July's temperaturr, the hottest month ever recorded in 136 years.
Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) datasets prove that there is indeed a general warming trend, despite having slight differences in temperatures yearly and monthly due to the different periods of comparisons they used.
"Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile," Gavin Schmidt, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in a statement. "We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet."
For the preceding 11 months, each month is hottest than the previous. This trend is not good news, as it means that Earth is getting warmer and warmer as the years pass by. The excess heat that we are now experiencing is due to greenhouse gases accumulated for decades, and El Nino's boost doesn't even put a dent to it.
According to a report from New York Mag, there is a possibility that the coming months will even beat the temperatures set by the previous months. Could this also mean that 2016 is the new hottest year? Yes, there is a huge chance.