Three separate studies have determined that a new global temperature record has been reached. This pattern of record-breaking temperatures has been going on for the past three years.
According to an analysis performed by NOAA, this August has been the warmest one since records began in 1880.
The average global temperature was nearly one degree higher than the average for the whole 20th century. The previous record holder was August of last year. With this new global temperature record, this is now the third consecutive year August has been beating previous records.
According to NOAA, the period between June and August has also been shattering temperature records for three years in a row. In fact, all throughout the year, temperatures have been increasing well above the average for the past three years.
As the year draws to a close, it’s very likely it will now become the warmest year of the 20th century, topping 2014 and 2015.
The Goddard Institute of NASA performed a similar analysis. Their findings support NOAA’s conclusion. They too have determined August 2016 to be the warmest one on record. According to NASA’s study, this was the 11th consecutive month that set a new record for that particular month.
The difference between this year’s August temperature and that of last year might seem relatively minor. There was just a 0.16 degree increase.
But scientists are less worried about the actual incremental increase, and more about the consistency in the rise of temperatures. This new global temperature record clearly fits within a pattern. If these records had been set in non-consecutive years, it could be assumed that these were just accidents. But studies clearly show global temperatures are consistently rising all around the globe.
Global Temperature Record Part of a Pattern
According to chief climate scientist of NASA, Gavin Schimdt “Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile.
He went on to say, “We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet.”
NASA collects data from around 6.300 meteorological stations spread all across the world. They also use sea buoys to measure water temperatures.
The studies that discovered this new global temperature record uncovered other similarly worrisome findings. Sea level temperatures were also unusually high, the second highest on record, for the entire year up until now.
The extent of sea ice in the Arctic region were also well below average. Its level was 23% lower than it has ever been between 1981-2010. The Antarctic level of ice was slightly above average, 0.2% to be more precise.
Scientists are hoping to understand more about the global warming patterns. By studying rise in temperatures year by year, seasons by season and month by month, they want to be able to uncover more about the process.
Schimdt had predicted earlier this year that 2016 will set a new global temperature record. He claimed last month that the world’s average temperature is at an unprecedented pace.
The pace at which global temperatures are rising is certainly alarming. This makes it all the more important that governments, and corporations all around the world commit to protecting the environment, and taking actual steps to do so as soon as possible.