September 2016 is officially the newest addition to a record-breaking streak of hottest-ever months, according to NASA’s latest data. NOAA’s data is likely to confirm September 2016’s slight edge on Tuesday.
Since October 2015, we’ve broken a new record every month, except June. (June 2016 was only the third-warmest June on record. Bless you, June, for some sweet, temporary, doomed relief.)
If it’s any consolation, this September beat out the next-warmest September — 2014 — by a very narrow margin — only 0.004 degrees C.
In scientific terms, that’s a tie. But in any terms, it’s a troubling sign of the radically changed climate we are already living in.
This story was originally published by Grist with the headline You know the drill: 11 of the last 12 months hit record high temps. on Oct 17, 2016.