September 2014 Warmest on Record
In 1880, scientists began recording global temperatures. Since then, September 2014 was officially the warmest month, said latest NASA release. It was 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit and was more than the 1951-1980 average.
Experts affirmed that April, May, June and August were also the record-breaking months. It can be said that April to September period was the warmest and has beaten the record made 16 years ago when El Nino event happened.
“The warm weather began in April when atmospheric carbon dioxide reached 400 parts per million. The National Climatic Data Center ranked April, May and June as the warmest months respectively according to temperature records”, revealed the Associated Press report.
Not only NASA, but the NCDC has also recorded July as the fourth warmest. NASA has ranked 2014 summer as the fourth warmest ever. Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of NSW, was of the view that new heat records are being set without any extreme event.
In September, combined land and surface temperatures were 0.77 degrees above the long-term average, revealed NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies. Australia has been the topic of discussion in majority of the climate change reports.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia’s maximum temperatures were the fifth highest in data going back to 1910. Climatologists have largely blamed human activities for increasing the temperatures and also, the chances increase to set the new heat records.
The bureau affirmed that sea-surface temperature is the reason behind warm months witnessed globally in 2014. The conditions will continue to persist for the remaining year. A research suggested that the warm temperature trends may be earth’s hottest in 4,000 years. Earth’s oceans have stored much of the heat caused by global warming.
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