According to data provided by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), under the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), the month of September 2016 was the hottest September on record.
About the HEAT,
According to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in the US, September 2016’s temperature was a razor-thin 0.004 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest September in 2014.
- The margin is so narrow those two months are in a statistical tie. Last month was 0.91 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean September temperature from 1951-1980.
- The record-warm September means 11 of the past 12 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 have set new monthly high-temperature records.
- The new findings follow record-breaking monthly anomalies throughout this year, leading the agency to believe that because of the highs reported so far, 2016 will take the crown as warmest in the 136 years of modern data-keeping.
- This means 11 of the last 12 months on record have been the hottest in recorded history, presenting a frightening picture of global warming and climate change.
- Monthly rankings are sensitive to updates in the record, and the latest update to mid-winter readings from the South Pole has changed the ranking for June and it continue to stress that while monthly rankings are newsworthy, they are not nearly as important as long-term trends.
- The monthly analysis by the GISS team is assembled from publicly available data acquired by about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.
- It is noted that the global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations did not cover enough of the planet and the monthly analyses are updated when additional data becomes available, and the results are subject to change.
- This year’s heat has continued to be affected by the tail-end of the El Niño weather phenomenon, as although the system has now dissipated, air temperatures tend to lag behind by several months.
- The monthly reports from Nasa come from publicly available data from about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, as well as measurements taken from ships and buoys at sea, and Antarctic research stations.
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government.
- NASA was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C.