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NASA: August 2016 the warmest month in 136 years of modern records


New Delhi: NASA scientists have said that August 2016 was the warmest month in 136 years of modern records, the media reported on Tuesday.

The monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) revealed the finding.

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GISS reported that 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 in 2014.

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Last month also was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980, GISS said.

The monthly 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.

-India Blooms News Service

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