Yes it has been hot! But did you know it actually has never been hotter in July??!!
According to NASA, even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July broke all the records.
NASA calculated that July 2016 was 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average. That’s hotter than the previous hotter months, about 0.18 degrees warmer than the previous record of July 2011 and July 2015, which were so close they were said to be in a tie for the hottest month on record according to NASA’s chief climate scientist.
Climate scientist say the numbers are very significant because our global temperatures continue to skyrocket EVEN AFTER EL NINO has left.
NASA’s five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014. Only July 2015 was during an El Nino. Records go back to 1880.
This is the 10th record hot month in a row, according to NASA. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which calculates temperatures slightly differently, will come out with its July figures on Wednesday. NOAA has figured there have been 14 monthly heat records broken in a row, before July.
BOTTOM LINE: Personnel from NASA say these new records and all the ones broken recently tell a story. The story is that the planet is getting warmer and the future looks to follow trend.
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