Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Earth's 16-Month Record Heat Streak Ends but Warming Remains

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Earth's 16-Month Record Heat Streak Ends but Warming Remains

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WASHINGTON * Earth's 16-month sizzling streak of record high temperatures is finally over, according to one group of federal meteorologists.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month's 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius) was just the second-hottest September on record for the globe.

That's slightly cooler a few hundredths of a degree than the record set in 2015.

But it was quite a bit warmer 1.6 degrees (0.9 Celsius) than the 20th-century average.

Global average temperatures include both land and sea surface readings. And while oceans were cooling off a bit, global land temperatures in September still set a record high, NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said. It was an unusually hot month in much of Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

NASA, which averages global temperature differently, considers last month as record-hot. …

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