Enlarge / Hey, one other heat month… (credit score: NOAA)
We’re reaching the tip of summer time within the Northern Hemisphere, and the climate within the US has been about as eventful as one expects for the yr 2020. A extremely energetic Atlantic hurricane season has lived as much as expectations to date, whereas record-setting wildfires have blanketed the drought-beset West Coast, creating smoke that has drifted clear throughout the nation.
NOAA’s newest month-to-month abstract reveals how all this developed in August and what we now have to stay up for within the subsequent three months. Critically, La Niña situations within the Pacific appear to have settled in, which has implications for winter patterns throughout North America and past.
Globally, this was the second-warmest August on file (going again to 1880) and the third-warmest June-August stretch. Trying on the total yr via August, 2020 is the second-warmest on file simply behind 2016. With so little of the yr left, it’s most unlikely to drop within the rankings, and it nonetheless has an opportunity on the high spot. NOAA at present places the chances of a brand new file at about 40 %, whereas different estimates proceed to be a bit larger. La Niña situations will maintain down the worldwide common, so topping 2016 and its heat El Niño could be exceptional.Learn 13 remaining paragraphs | Feedback