September 2014 Breaks Global Heat Record

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An outdoor thermometer registers 103 degrees as Duke Lewton, left, and Kyle Jukes pause to wipe sweat while installing a fiber optic cable in Omaha, Neb.   Associated Press

2014 On Track to Become Hottest Year Yet

(SOURCE)  September 2014 is now the hottest month recorded since 1880.

In a statement released Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that last month broke the global heat record by clocking in at an average of 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

This announcement comes after NASA, which uses different measurements, also crowned September as a record-breaking month.

Last May, June, and August all broke the global heat record as well, and 2014 is now on track to become the warmest year since record keeping began 135 years ago.

The first nine months of 2014 have a global average temperature of 58.72 degrees (14.78 degrees Celsius), tying with 1998 for the warmest first nine months on record, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

“It’s pretty likely” that 2014 will break the record for hottest year, said NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden.

The reason involves El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that affects weather worldwide. In 1998, the year started off super-hot because of an El Nino. But then that El Nino disappeared and temperatures moderated slightly toward the end of the year.

This year has no El Nino yet, but forecasts for the rest of the year show a strong chance that one will show up, and that weather will be warmer than normal, Blunden said.

If 2014 breaks the record for hottest year, that also should sound familiar: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2010 all broke NOAA records for the hottest years since records started being kept in 1880.

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