Posted on August 3rd, 2021

Apollo News Snippets – August 2021

NOAA created a new graphic this month showing, as the name suggests, Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events in the month so we will now feature this informative infographic instead! A few highlights from the map: it was the warmest June ever in the lower 48 states of the USA as well as Africa, and the second-warmest in Europe; the Antarctic Sea ice extent was the largest since 2015; and with 5-named storms in the East North Pacific Basin, it ties seven other years for the most so far.
  • The June 2021 NOAA Global Climate report is out and I bet you are shocked to find out it was really warm last month?! No actually you are not shocked if you believe in science as this trend has continued for some 438 consecutive months now. In fact, June 2021 was the 5th warmest June on record, surpassed only by 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 at some 1.58°F (0.88°C) above the 20th Century average. In sum, 4.18% of the world’s surface set temperature records in the month, the 6th highest percentage for June since 1951.
  • August 19th is National Potato Day so in honor of these brown spuds, our Google search of the month was, “Potato and GIS.” If you look through the various search results you might find this gem by Mulualem Asfaw and Daniel Asfaw of Debre Tabor University where they use a weighted-ranking approach to identify suitable regions for potato crops. In their analysis, they use digital elevation models as well weather and environmental data gathered from local government offices.

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