The NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information have released data that made July 2021 the hottest month on Earth ever recorded to date.
Rick Spinrad, an NOAA Administrator says, “in this case, first place is the worst place to be. July is usually the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded. This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.”
The data from July:
The total land and ocean surface temperature was 1.67 degrees F, which is 0.93 of a degree C higher the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees F (15.8 degrees C), causing July to be the hottest month recorded in 142 years.
It also was 0.02 of a degree F, which is 0.01 of a degree C higher than the record of July 2016, 2019, and 2020.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the land surface held the highest ever temperature recorded for July, at an unusual 2.77 degrees F (1.54 degrees C) higher than average, exceeding the record set in 2012.
Why is this concerning?
If we were to analyze last month’s data, it is absolute that 2021 stands as the hottest year among the world’s 10-warmest years on record, as reported by NCEI’s Global Annual Temperature Rankings Outlook.
NOAA’s monthly NCEI also reports extreme heat, which adds to the increasing change in the climate. Spinrad explains, “It is a sobering IPCC report that finds that human influence is, unequivocally, causing climate change, and it confirms the impacts are widespread and rapidly intensifying.”
An analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center reveals: The NOAA’s July global climate report also talks about the sea ice coverage, which in July 2021 was the fourth-smallest in the 43-year record.
July 2012, 2019, and 2020 all had a smaller sea ice coverage, but the Antarctic sea ice extent was higher than average in July, becoming the largest July sea ice extent since 2015 and the eighth highest on record.
Furthermore, the overall global tropical cyclone activity this year till July has been above the normal standard for several named storms.