Is It Getting Hotter Around Here?

This week marks two weather-related milestones, though one of them is rather dubious.

Until three years ago, the highest outdoor temperature ever recorded on Earth was achieved on Sept. 13, 1922.  On that date, the temperature in Al Aziziyah, Libya was measured at 136.4°F (58°C).

The reason I say “until three years ago” is not because that record was later broken.  It’s because the World Meteorological Organization somehow determined in 2012 that the 1922 temperature was measured incorrectly.  Go figure.

So the highest outdoor temperature ever *properly* recorded still stands at 134.0° (56.7°).  This record was achieved on July 10, 1913 at the Furnace Creek Ranch (aptly named) in California’s Death Valley (also aptly named).

You may also know that 2014 has officially been declared the hottest year on record.  This has been independently confirmed by WMO, the Japan Meteorological Agency, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA.  In fact, the 10 warmest years in the instrument record have all occurred since 1998.

This brings me to the second milestone.  Sept. 16 celebrates “International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer,” also known as World Ozone Day.  Declared by the United Nations in 1994, this event commemorates the signing of the 1987 Montreal Protocol.  The ozone layer, which protects all life on Earth from the Sun’s harmful UV radiation, is slowly being depleted by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) generated by human activity.

As a company focused on inspiring scientific discovery, Agilent recognizes the wide-ranging implications of climate change – affecting water resources, agriculture, biodiversity and public health.  We are at the forefront of addressing this critical global issue, by helping customers around the world understand and measure the impact of climate change.

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