Earth smashes yet another heat record; 16th month in a row

(WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
(WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month, another global heat record smashed.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says August’s temperature of 61.74 degrees (16.52 Celsius) was the 16th month in a row that Earth set a record for the hottest month. NOAA monitoring chief Deke Arndt said it was also the hottest summer, with 2016 on pace to smash last year’s record for the hottest year.

Records go back 137 years.

The announcement came on a day when 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including Stephen Hawking and 30 Nobel laureates, released an open letter urging American leaders not to pull out of an international agreement to curb global warming. Organizer and MIT climate scientist Kerry Emanuel said the scientists wrote the letter in response to the Republican party platform. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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