August 2014 warmest on record across globe

Only western Europe and the U.S. were cooler than normal

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – While it wasn’t a very hot summer here is western Massachusetts, that wasn’t the case across the rest of the world.

During the month of August, it didn’t even make it up to 90 degrees at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. However, a report released by NOAA shows that August 2014 was the warmest August on record across the globe since records began in 1880. That beats the previous record set back in 1998. The global temperature across the world’s land and ocean surfaces was 1.35 degrees higher than the 20th century average.

Some people 22News talked to have mixed feelings about the record being an indication of climate change. Rosalind Alford of Agawam told 22News, “Yes I do, it concerns me when you see the ice melting.”

Bob Nadeau of Chicopee said, “No I don’t believe in all that stuff. Climate always changes, now they call it global warming, climate change, but I don’t believe in it.”

Warmer than normal temperatures were evident in August over most of the globe, with the exception being western Europe and here in the United States.

According to the report, nine of the 10 warmest Augusts on record have occurred during the 21st century. The last time the August global temperature was below average was back in 1976.

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