July’s Record Heat Fits The Pattern
July was the globe’s hottest month in recorded history according to NOAA—the latest data point in an irrefutable warming trend that’s being felt both globally and locally.
August 15, 2019 (Climate Central)
“…NOAA named this past July the hottest month on record, confirming statements from the World Meteorological Association and Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (July was 2nd according to NASA). While this event is historic, it is by no means an exception. The past five years have been the warmest on record globally, leading to unprecedented heat that is projected to intensify as the climate warms…Across the country, this decade has seen twice as many record highs as record lows…
The 2010s have the greatest imbalance of record highs in 133 of the 244 cities analyzed (55%)…While the 1930s do hold notable heat records, only 34 of the cities analyzed (14%) still have this as their decade with the highest percent of record highs…Dust Bowl-era heat is being overtaken by more recent human-caused warming from greenhouse gases. The urban heat island effect also contributes—especially to warming nights…” click here for more