Nasa: It Was the Hottest August in 130 Years

Image: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Image: NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies

The analysis comes from the Nasa space agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), but with a sign of caution from Nasa, who have stressed that individual months are not as important as yearly trends in highlighting changes in the climate.

“The key issue for climate are the long-term trends, not individual months”, said Nasa-GISS director Gavin Schmidt.

The Temperatures were measured by international meteorological services, using satellite data combined with land and sea surveys – which all suggest this year’s global high was very close to results from 2011, 2008, 2006 and 2003.

Scientists had predicted extreme weather events to surface earlier this year after it looked like an El Niño event would develop in the Pacific Ocean.
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