Land-surface temps tied for second; only Siberia cooler than average
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Global August temperatures were the fourth-warmest on record, at 1.12 degrees above the 20th century average, the National Climatic Data Center reported in its monthly update. Land-surface temperatures alone tied with 2001 and 2011 as the second-warmest on record, behind 1998, which still holds the all-time record.
The year-to-date is tied with 2006 as the ninth-warmest ever, with temps running about 1.01 degrees above the 20th century average.
Reflecting the long string of above-average global temperatures, Arctic sea ice extent hit a new all-time record low late in August, dipping below 4 million square kilometers for the first time ever. For the month, Arctic sea ice melted at twice the average rate. (more…)