2018-09-03 17:42:28 UTC
The NOAA has released its gridded SST data for Aug 2018. The ERSST v5 is
used as the ocean surface component in NASA and NOAA global temp data series.
While no overall average temp for the month is provided with the data,
my informal processing gets an area-weighted average SST of +.41C
relative to the NOAA 1971-2k baseline, making it the 5th-warmest Aug
in the series which starts in 1854.
These results are consistent with all other data series incl day by
day assessments of ocean SSTs available online from various places.
The top 10 warmest Aug global SSTs are then:
Year/mo glob av SST rel baseline
2018.62 0.409849 <-- new #5
[Peak counter staff:]
Online shopping could spark retail jobs 'Armageddon'
ABC News, 03 Sep 2018 07:18Z
As Australian retailers endure another month of stagnant sales, some
analysts are warning there could be far worse ahead for
brick-and-mortar stores and their 1.3 mn staff.
Will Judges Have the Last Word on Climate Change?
Litigation is proving to be an "increasingly popular" tool in the
fight against climate change, for environmentalists who are "seeking
new ways to use the law to slow global warming and assign
responsibility for the resulting economic damages". A Q&A in Bloomberg
Businessweek examines the topic. "Environmentalists have won major
cases against the Netherlands, Colombia and South Africa", they write,
but lawsuits in the US have fared "badly so far".
-- Bob van Voris and Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg Businessweek
AP Explains: Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West
A feature in Fox News discusses the environmental effects of wildfires
on the western US. "Fire suppression policies allowed fuels to build
up in many Western forests, making them more susceptible to major
fires", Brown explains. He continues: "Those influences are magnified
as development creeps ever deeper into forests and climate change
brings hotter temperatures." A separate feature in Vox highlights that
California has 129 mn dead trees, that are a "huge wildfire
risk". Although state officials are "well aware that these trees pose
an immense fire hazard", "controlling them is not as simple as cutting
them all down", Vox explains. "The sheer number of these trees poses
an immense logistical challenge." In the New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert
gives the political context for the "summer of megafires". She writes:
"against this infernal backdrop... the Trump administration recently
unveiled its plan to roll back rules limiting greenhouse-gas emissions
from power plants. The fires, according to Donald Trump, had nothing
to do with global warming." Last month Carbon Brief published a
factcheck examining how global warming has increased US wildfires.
-- Matthew Brown, Associated Press via Fox News
Energy price cap `to save households £100 a year'
Emily Gosden, The Times
California law would make customers pay the cost for wildfires caused
Mark Hand, Think Progress
EU ends trade controls on Chinese solar panels
Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters
The charge of the electric car brigade will be costly for some
Matthew Lynn, Daily Telegraph
Brazil fire: Australian Museum head 'distraught' over loss of treasures
SBS, 03 Sep 2018 10:13Z
Brazil museum fire: 'incalculable' loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted
The Guardian, 03 Sep 2018 13:12Z
NWS @NWS 03 Sep 2018 14:58Z
Gordon lashing South Florida with heavy rain and gusty tropical storm force
winds. Hurricane Watches go up for parts of the Central Gulf Coast.
Levi Cowan @TropicalTidbits 03 Sep 2018 15:07Z
Recon has located #Gordon's center, now west of the Florida Peninsula and
over the Gulf of Mexico. For as quickly as Gordon is organizing, the center
remains on the edge of the convective mass. If this changes later, quicker
intensification could ensue. pic.twitter.com/Xlap883JBS
US upper Gulf Coast on alert as Tropical Storm Gordon lashes Florida
AccuWeather.com, 03 Sep 2018 15:14Z
Mark Witton @MarkWitton 03 Sep 2018 15:15Z
Some folks may be wondering how badly hit pterosaur fossils were in the fire
at Rio de Janeiro's National Museum. The pterosaurs are normally archived
elsewhere, but were reportedly on loan to the NM. We may have lost dozens of
the best preserved pterosaurs in the world.
Pound falls as UK factory growth stumbles and Brexit uncertainty grows
The Guardian, 03 Sep 2018 14:21Z
Sino-US trade war prompts rethink on supply chains
Financial Times, 03 Sep 2018 12:21Z
AUD falls to 20-month low; Trump, rate hikes and weak GDP could sink it further
ABC News, 03 Sep 2018 06:28Z
The Australian dollar has tumbled to a 20-month low, and there are several
reasons why it may drop even further this week.
The local currency started falling, from last week's high of 73.5 US
cents, after Westpac, Suncorp and Adelaide Bank increased their
mortgage lending rates.
[Just got this year's property tax notice. Somehow with house prices
supposedly falling 5% over the past year the city's version of the
valuation has jumped up $100k over same time].
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