This is an animated chart released by NASA visualizing the hottest August earth has experienced in 136 years. And I don't know about you, but I felt it. There were several days when my mom made me play outside until dinnertime and I just laid in the yard sweating and praying for an asteroid strike.
Although the seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July, August 2016 wound up tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded. August 2016's temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August (2014). The month also was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.
The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months (dating to October 2015) that have set new monthly temperature records. The 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. The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations didn't cover enough of the planet.
What does it all mean -- global warming? Bill Nye thinks so. Of course he wouldn't teach me how to manufacture LSD even though I asked nicely and said it was for the science fair. That blue ribbon was going to be mine. Now what am I supposed to do with this tri-fold display board? "Make a shrine to me." Exactly what I was thinking. You're my patron saint now.
Thanks to lizzy, who hopes this December is the coldest in recorded history so the North Pole freezes real good and Santa gets some real estate back.