Earth just experienced its 6th-warmest August on record

The summer of 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere was the second warmest summer on record. Photo: iStock The summer time of 2022 within the Northern Hemisphere was the second warmest summer time on file. Photograph: iStock

Earth witnessed its sixth-warmest August in 143 years, in response to the scientists from the US’ climate forecaster Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The temperature data for summer time this yr are among the many hottest on file. Epic heatwaves, extreme drought and torrential rains characterise this season, famous NOAA.

The worldwide floor temperature for August this yr was 0.90 levels Celcius above the Twentieth-century common of 15.6°C. The previous month marked the forty sixth consecutive August with mercury ranges above the Twentieth-century common.

The warmest August on file was skilled in each North America and Europe. Asia had its fourth-warmest August on file. August temperatures in South America, Africa and Oceania had been above common, however they weren’t among the many prime ten warmest on file.

Most of North America, Europe, southern and southeastern Asia and parts of northern Africa, northern South America, the Arabian Peninsula, western Asia and northern Oceania skilled above-average temperatures. August temperatures broke data in elements of the northwest United States, southwestern Canada, Spain, Italy, China, southeast Asia and New Zealand.

In massive parts of the Gulf of Mexico, the northern, western and southwestern Pacific and the northern and southern Atlantic oceans, sea floor temperatures had been above common.

A map of the world plotted with a number of the most vital local weather occasions that occurred throughout August 2022. Credit: NOAA

Most of South America and areas of central Asia skilled cooler-than-average temperatures. Sea floor temperatures had been under common over a big portion of the southern, central and jap tropical Pacific, which is in keeping with La Nia.

The meteorological summer time and winter of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, respectively, happen between June and August.

The summer time of 2022 within the Northern Hemisphere was the second-warmest summer time on file, with 1.15°C above common. The summer time of 2020 was hotter by solely 0.03°C. The Southern Hemisphere, in the meantime, skilled its tenth hottest winter on file.

Europe noticed its warmest summer time within the continent’s 113-year file. Africa skilled its eleventh warmest June-August on file, whereas Asia and North America skilled their second warmest June-August on file. Though the June-August temperatures in South America and Oceania had been above common, they didn’t place among the many prime ten on file.

A fifth consecutive failed wet season, accompanied by extreme drought, is anticipated to deepen the famine confronted by tens of millions of individuals within the Higher Horn of Africa, said a report by the World Meteorological Group.

Antarctica set a file low sea ice extent for the third consecutive month. The Antarctic sea ice extent in August 2022 was 6.55 million sq. miles, or roughly 290,000 sq. miles lower than common.

All over the world, there have been 9 named storms in August. 4 of those, together with Tremendous Hurricane Hinnamnor, the primary Class 5 tropical cyclone of 2022, attained tropical cyclone standing.

Solely three Augusts since 1950 have gone and not using a designated tropical storm within the Atlantic and August 2022 was one amongst them. Solely two earlier Augusts ended with no exercise within the Atlantic, in 1961 and 1997. 

The previous month marks solely the seventh yr since 1950 for having no hurricanes within the Atlantic Ocean by August 31.


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