NASA has confirmed what your back sweat was telling you all month long — August was another record-setting month when it comes to high temperatures. Since temperature record keeping began nearly 140 years ago, 2016 officially had the hottest August of them all.
While July is usually the hottest month of the year, this year’s August tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded. August 2016’s temperature was 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the previous record-holding August, 2014.
August isn’t special, however. The month is following a trend that each month since last October has achieved: 11 consecutive months since October 2015 have set high-temperature records.
As the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt, says, “Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile.” Instead, Schmidt stresses that the most helpful information comes from ” long-term trends.”
Read more about the record-keeping, compiled by information from “6,300 meteorological stations around the world,” here: data.giss.nasa.gov, and keep up with your daily temperatures with the American-Statesman’s weather blog.