Aug 15, 2016

NASA: Last Month Was Earth's Hottest in Recorded History

by
Seth Borenstein
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ABC News via Associated Press
Photo: Associated Press
Photo: Associated Press

Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history, according to NASA.

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NASA calculated that July 2016 was 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average.

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Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb said this is significant "because global temperatures continue to warm even as a record-breaking El Nino event has finally released its grip."

NASA's five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014. Only July 2015 was during an El Nino. Records go back to 1880