Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Hottest Month Ever

In case you haven't noticed, there is this from the Atlantic:

The record: August 2016 was the hottest month measured since contemporary records began in 1880, according to a NASA analysis. It was not only the hottest August ever, but also it ties July 2016 as the hottest month ever—an extraordinary occurrence.

In other words, you just lived through the hottest month in meteorological history and likely in human history. And then you did it again.

The August record was last broken in: 2014.

Why it’s so scary: There are three big reasons.

First, it’s the 11th straight month to break the previous monthly heat record, according to NASA. In other words, in 2015, the hottest October ever took place, and it was followed by the hottest November ever, and then by the hottest December ever—and this sequence continued right up to the present.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keeps separate records, and its streak of record-breaking months stretches even further back in time: Every month since May 2015 has been the hottest version of that month ever, according to the agency. (NOAA and NASA’s models vary in how they estimate weather where there are few sensors, such as the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean.)

Second, August’s record essentially ensures that 2016 will be the warmest year on record. 2016 could wind up being as much as 1 degree Celsius hotter than the pre-industrial temperature average. This is a stark accomplishment when you consider that the nations of the world committed last year to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average. We are two-thirds of the way there already.  more

Finally? What might be scariest of all is that only one of the two main candidates for U.S. president has a detailed set of policies to address climate change and these longterm trends. Donald Trump isn’t sure climate change exists—and his party refuses to fund climate-change adaptation even when the Navy begs them to.

And even worse, climate change doesn't seem to be of interest to those who are coming up with questions for the presidential debates coming in September.

The New York Times covered it this way:

It just keeps getting hotter.

August has tied July for the distinction of being the hottest month since record-keeping began in 1880, NASA said in a news release on Monday.

And there’s a good chance 2016 will become the third year in a row of record heat. clip

The records being set continue to stack up.

• August and July are now the hottest months on record.
Every month since October 2015 has set a new monthly high-temperature record.
• The first six months of this year beat 2015 for the hottest half-year ever recorded.
• Both 2014 and 2015 set new heat records, and 2016 is on pace to continue the trend.

It's pretty clear that if Donald Trump doesn't destroy the Republican Party, 

then climate change will.

But how far behind are we?

I guess he pretty much is a Canary.

In his own cold mind.


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