Green - The Warmest July And An Unwanted Lake
July 2019 is shaping up to be the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, with record temperatures being set around the globe.
This comes after the warmest June ever recorded, with data confirmed by NASA and Europe's Copernicus Satellite monitoring system.
"This is significant. But stay tuned for July numbers," warned Michael Mann, the director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. "July is the warmest month of the year globally. If this July turns out to be the warmest July (it has a good shot at it), it will be the warmest month we have measured on Earth," he explained.
Global Warming caused by human activity contributed to extremely high temperatures in the Canadian Tundra - 21 C Degrees on 14 July. France set Europe's all time warmest temperature a few weeks ago. And then there's the disturbing discovery made by en experienced climber in the French Alps.
"In Chamonix, the city at the foot of Mount Blanc (1,000 meters up), they recorded temperatures nearing 40 C degrees. In the same week, the isotherm (freezing level) rose up above the 4,700-meter line for several days. Normally, it hovers around 3,000 meters," said Mr. Mestre. "Needless to say, the lake was a real surprise. It's located in the 3,400 to 3,500-meter area. You're supposed to find ice and snow at this altitude, not liquid water. Most of the time when we stay for a day at this altitude, the water in our water bottles starts freezing."
With more evidence of man made Global Warming appearing all over, climatologists are expecting the rest of the year to be hotter than in years past.
"It is clear that 2019 is shaping up to be a top-five year - but depending on what happens it could be second, third or fourth warmest," said Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA. "The warmest year was 2016, which started with a big El Nino, which we didn’t have this year, so a record year is not particularly likely."