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How Colors Smell

"When someone asks me what flavor slushie I want, I don’t say “cherry,” I say “red.” That flavor is called “red.” “Blue” is another flavor a slushie might have. Similarly, a cherry smell—especially the chemically cherry smell of a red slushie—is a red smell.

That one’s easy, since cherries are red. It doesn’t take a wild leap to make that association. But what color is the smell of, say, soap?

A new study published in PLOS One finds that some people say white, some say yellow, some say blue. A group of international researchers had people from different cultures smell 14 scents and choose from 36 colors the one that they associated most with the odor.”

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June 2014: The hottest June ever recorded.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced that according to the latest global temperature readings, June 14’ is a record breaker: the hottest June ever recorded. Not only has it won first place, it is the 38th consecutive June with a global temperature above the 20th century average.

So what figures are we dealing with here? NOAA focuses on three main temperature readings: Land temperature, Ocean temperature and an amalgamation of the two, Land & Ocean temperature. The results for June are as follows:

•The global land surface temperature was 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the 20th century average of 13.3°C (55.9°F), the seventh highest for June on record.

•For the ocean, the June global sea surface temperature was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F), the highest for June on record and the highest departure from average for any month.

•The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest on record for the month, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.5°C (59.9°F).

The ocean temperature was a particularly astonishing record; marking the first time that the monthly global ocean temperature anomaly was higher than 0.60°C (1.08°F). Notably, large parts of the western equatorial and north-eastern Pacific Ocean and nearly all of the Indian Ocean were record warm or much warmer than average for the month and this is with neither El Niño nor La Niña conditions present during June 2014.

Aside from being the hottest June on record, it was also the 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The trend to a warmer world is now incontestable. The last month with below-average temperatures was February 1985.

29 years ago and counting….


Image courtesy of NOAA.

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