2016 hottest year on record; scientists blame global warming

2016 hottest year on record; scientists blame global warming

US Met Office, along with NASA and NOAA have released their data separately but all point to one same thing: rise in temperatures were off the charts in 2016. It is undeniable. Since the late 19th century, the average surface temperature of the globe has shot up by 1.1 degrees Celsius.

The El Niño phenomenon, a climate cycle marked by abnormally warm temperatures in the Pacific, raged through 2015 and 2016 and contributed to the record temperatures. That is, until 2016, when the record was broken once more.

This color-coded map displays a progression of changing global surface temperatures anomalies from 1880 through 2016.

For the third year in a row, Earth has shattered heat records.

The Earth saw its warmest year on record in 2016, the third year in a row that the average surface temperature reached a new high, federal officials said Wednesday.

NOAA calculated it was 14.82 degrees Celsius (58.69 degrees Fahrenheit) or 1.69 degrees F above the 20th century average.

Global temperatures continued their steady march upward in 2016, once again breaking climate records, scientists announced Wednesday.

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The space agency's data came from 6,300 weather stations, ships and buoys, and Antarctic research stations, which together measure both land and ocean temperatures. The first eight months of the year were each record warm, NOAA said.

The 2016 temperatures around the global village were warm indeed.

Sixteen of the 17 hottest years ever on record have officially occurred in the 21st century, according to the WMO.

The data is in, and previous year was a hot one. But the long-term warming trend should continue to go up and, Arndt says, threatens new records nearly every year. California, a state that has experienced record drought over the past few years, has already seen a lot of rainfall, while other areas around the US have cooled compared to a year ago. I suppose the answer is, not really.

The strong El Nino during early 2016 clearly had an overall warming influence on the planet in addition to the record warmth of the global oceans. While El Niños are natural climatic events, they also are transient.

But "the human-caused, long-term warming trend is the bigger contributor", he added.

Interestingly, the UAH folks report a global climate trend since November 16, 1978 of +0.12 C per decade.