From Green Right Now Reports

If last month found you with singed bare feet, and frying eggs on the backyard decking, you will find affirmation in today’s report that August 2010 was the second-hottest August, by a notch, in the last 32 years.

It fits right in with the rest of 2010, which was the second hottest on record since satellites have been used to track temperatures,  according to the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where scientists track temperature trends and global warming.

Is this part of the new norm? It would seem so. Even with the El Nino warming trend fading, 2010 was a scorcher. Temperatures in August were very close to those in 1998, the record hottest year of the last three decades. Back then, an El Nino Pacific Ocean “event” also played a role in the hotter temperatures. And we already know that the first decade of the 2000’s was hotter than any previous decade on record.

Average daily temperatures through August 2010 were only 0.06 C (about one-tenth of one degree Fahrenheit) cooler than the record set in 1998, according to Drs. John Christy and Roy Spencer, director and principal research scientist respectively at the ESSC.

All told, the hotter than average year looked a lot like 1998, in terms of the global means, Christy said. But there were larger regional differences in the temperatures in 2010.

Christy didn’t say it exactly, but that fits with the models of climate change that predict less stability in weather patterns.

The Huntsville center collaborates with NOAA and NASA to collect and evaluate data from microwave sounding units on satellites that are able to gather accurate temperature readings across the globe, even in remote areas.

Christy and Spencer’s work is funded by state and federal grants and contracts.