Look at Our Record-Breaking Global Heat Wave In One Terrifying Chart

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How many months in a row have we run the same headline? Two? Three? Four? NOAA released its global climate report for August yesterday, and guess what? Once again, it’s the hottest month on record. With the year half over now, that makes 2015 a very, very strong contender for hottest year ever.


Here’s the now-familiar map of global surface temperatures for last month:

According to NOAA, here’s what you’re looking at:

The year-to-date temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.51°F (0.84°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for January–August in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by 0.18°F (0.10°C).

This chart which is made from NOAA data spells it out even better. The green line is 2015 so far. The red lines are the six warmest years in history: 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009, 1998.


If 2015 keeps up this exceptional streak that will mean that three of the warmest years on record will have happened in the five years. We did it!

Here are some more “highlights” from the report:





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I realize that the heat wave is taken as a global average, but those numbers are what we typically call Summer here in the central plains of the US. We however have been enjoying moderate temperatures for a good part of this summer and we look to actually have a Fall season instead of everything being dead and dried up by late September after going 8 weeks without rain. This “heat wave” is only as huge an issue as it is being reported because the folks who normally do not experience a long Summer like this are feeling uncomfortable. The problems on the west coast of the US are much more to do with over usage of the limited resources they naturally have and their inherently corrupt political elite. Obviously if the world is experiencing a gradual rise in temperatures then there is reason to pay attention to it. But we are very far from the Dust Bowl Drought of the early 20th century. Perhaps the writer of this article can also look into the ones raising this alarm and what their motives truly are. There’s a huge amount of incentive to be waving the doomsday flag by academics who want to “study” this phenomena for millions of dollars a year funded by the taxpayer. Not saying its true or false, but there are always two sides to any story.