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Global temperatures last year received an extra boost from a strong El Niño episode.
The trend in how global temperatures have departed from the long-term mean, through Aug. The base period here is 1880-1920 in order to show the magnitude of warming relative to pre-industrial time.
It was reassigned to the 6th Armor Division in February, 1942, where it remained until September of 1943 when elements of the Regiment were broken up and reassigned.
The Regimental Headquarters and 1st Battalion remained with the 6th Armor Division as the 69th Tank Battalion; the 3rd Battalion was redesignated as the 708th Amphibian Tank Battalion and participated in most of the key amphibious assault campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
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Deployment commenced on 25 January, 1966 with the Battalion laying over in Okinawa to take over 52 new M48A3 tanks and familiarize crews with the new series, AN-GRC 12 radios.
Contrasting with the old Battalion M48A2 vehicles, the new A3 models still featured the 90mm cannon, a M2HB cupola mounted .50 caliber machinegun and a 7.62mm, M72 coaxial machinegun.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has found that last month was the second warmest August globally in 137 years of modern record-keeping, surpassed only by August 2016.
A global map from NASA of how Earth’s surface temperatures last month departed from the 1951-1980 August average. Note: part of Antarctica is gray because data from some stations there were not yet available at the time of this analysis.) Last month was among the very warmest on record, according to two new analyses – and the heat is very likely to continue.
With less than four months left to go in 2017, the year will probably come in as second or third warmest on record.
In its independent analysis, NOAA pegged it at 0.83 degrees C warmer.
“The measured value is consistent with the trend in global average surface temperatures that has been observed during the past few decades,” NASA noted.