When we're talking about this summer, the opening lyrics of the classic Santana/Rob Thomas hit single "Smooth" come to mind: "Man, it's a hot one."
In fact, it's actually been the <em>hottest</em> one. Which means, like the platinum-selling "Smooth," this year's heat is record-breaking. (Do I still have you?)
NASA released data this week which points to July being the highest temperature month on record. Ever.
And that's par for the course for 2016. Because at 0.2 degrees (fahrenheit) warmer than last July, this July continues on as the 15th consecutive month of record-busting temperatures.
Since the first part of 2016 has already been the warmest half-year ever, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies is predicting that former hottest-year-ever champ 2015 will be completely beat by 2016.
"It appears almost a certainty that 2016 also will be the warmest year on record," GISS Director Gavin Schmidt said in a release by the agency.
It wasn't by the widest of margins, but July 2016 was the warmest month since modern record-keeping began in 1880.
As for what's causing this summer's record-breaking heat streak, Schmidt said: "While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers."Like seven inches from the midday sun -- am I right, Gavin?