Although it was not as warm as October, November 2018 ranked as the fifth hottest November on record, with the year to date coming in as fourth hottest for planet Earth, according to scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
The average global temperature in August was 1.33 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.1 degrees and this was the fifth highest global temperature for August in the 139-year record (1880–2018), according to NOAA. Last month was also the 42nd consecutive August with temperatures above average.
The heat was hard to beat around the US last month, making it the 11th warmest July on record. Meanwhile, the sweltering temperatures the last three months brought the warmest May through July on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
A NOAA research has found that the dissolving of shells of microscopic sea snails called pteropods has been connected to the increased concentration in sea water of human-caused carbon dioxide. The higher level of carbon-dioxide has led to acidification of the oceans.
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