Slide in GISTemp puts final nail in the coffin

The GISTemp global temperatures for August 2020 have just been published, and although the month was 0.85°C above the 1951-1980 LTA and the fourth warmest on record in the series that started in 1880, what strikes me more is the fall in anomalies of 0.4°C month on month since a February high of +1.25°C. I’m sure that this ‘cooling’ (or should that be slowing in warming?) will all be put down to the imminent start of a La Niña event, but I think it’s more to do with the natural variability of the world’s climate rather than either this or the COVID-19 pandemic. I also think that this slide in global anomalies over the last six months, puts the final nail in the coffin of any chance that 2020 will overthrow 2016 as the warmest year on record globally.

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