NOAA has reported 16 months of consecutive record-breaking global temperatures and is starting to sound like a broken record itself. The agency reports that August 2016 was the hottest August globally in NOAA’s global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.
Findings of note include:
- Near-average temperatures were seen throughout most of the U.S. Corn Belt.
- Record-breaking temperatures occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, southern India, central Russia, central China, pockets of South America and the northeastern U.S.
- Globally, land and ocean surface temperatures exceeded the 20th century average by 1.66˚F. It surpassed the previous August record holder (2015) by a slim 0.09˚F.
- Cooler-than-normal temperatures were limited to small areas in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
- A tale of two sea ice masses continues to trend – the Arctic sea ice extent reached the fourth smallest August levels since 1979, but the Antarctic sea ice extent remains above the 1981-2010 average.
NOAA also looked at summer seasonal and year-to-date weather data. The agency found 2016 has seen global record-breaking temperatures for both. June-to-August temperatures were 1.60˚F above the 20th century average, and January-to-July temperatures were 1.82˚F above the 20th century average.
For NOAA’s complete U.S. climate summary for August, visit www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info.