Earth’s record-breaking heat is sounding an awful lot like a broken record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that August, this summer and the first eight months of 2015 all smashed global records.
That’s the fifth straight record hot season in a row and the fourth consecutive record hot month. Meteorologists say 2015 is a near certainty to eclipse 2014 as the hottest year on record. This year, six of the eight months have been record breaking, with only April and January failing to set new records.
Since 2000, Earth has broken monthly heat records 30 times and seasonal heat records 11 times. The last time a monthly cold record was broken was in 1916. Records go back to 1880.
“This is yet another reminder of the impact our unprecedented and inadvertent experiment — an experiment that began with the Industrial Revolution — is having on our planet today,” said Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.
August’s global temperature average was 61.7 degrees, breaking the previous record, set last year, by a sixth of a degree. The summer average broke the previous record from last year by a fifth of a degree. .
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