NASA has revealed that the last month - August - was the second hottest in 137 years of modern record-keeping. NASA scientists said that the measured value is "consistent with the trend in global average surface temperatures that have been observed during the past few decades.
NASA has revealed that the last month – August – was the second hottest in 137 years of modern record-keeping. NASA scientists said that the measured value is “consistent with the trend in global average surface temperatures that have been observed during the past few decades.” An analysis from 1951-1980 showed that last month was 0.85 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature, according to Daily Mail. According to the US space agency, August 2016, which was 0.99 degrees Celsius warmer than normal, still remained the hottest. However, August 2017 was about 0.2 degrees warmer than the August following the last large El Niño event in 1997-1998.
The monthly analysis was done by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in the US. The data was assembled by acquiring information from about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.
NASA’s modern global temperature record keeping was started in the year 1880, because prior that the observations did not cover enough of the planet. NASA said, “Monthly analyses are sometimes updated when additional data becomes available, and the results are subject to change,” as per Daily Mail report.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators has opposed President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA, arguing he is a political appointee who doesn’t have the necessary experience to run the agency. Florida Sens Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Bill Nelson, a Democrat and former astronaut, both have opposed Trump’s nomination of Jim Bridenstine — a current GOP congressman from Oklahoma and former Navy aviator, according to CNN