Und auch der September 2016 war der heißeste September seit Aufzeichnung der Wetterdaten, der nun mittlerweile 16. monatliche Hitze-Rekord in Folge (!). Die NASA rechnete eigentlich bereits im Juli damit, dass die Serie der Hitzerekord-Monate aufgrund des wegfallenden El Niño beendet werden würde. Yet, here we are. ?
New data from NASA shows that yet again, the planet had a record-warm month. September set a record with temperatures 1.6°F (0.91°C) above normal, besting the previous mark set in September 2014. It’s the latest in a run of months – and years – where freakish global warmth has become the norm. To say there’s never been a stretch like this may sound like stating the obvious, but let’s recap for the heck of it.
The September mark comes a month after the world tied the record for the hottest month ever recorded in August (the month it tied was this July). As early as May, there was a 99 percent chance that 2016 was going to go down as the hottest year on record, besting 2015, which bested 2014, because the planet has been on a heat bender since last year.
With September’s record, the odds crept a little higher still. NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said on Twitter that 2016 “seems locked in” to set a record for hottest year with it likely to end somewhere around 2.25°F (1.25°C) above the late 19th century average.