Published: Fri, January 20, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

2016 turns out to be hottest year ever recorded

It's the third year in a row it's been the hottest year on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. Muscle Shoals came in with the second hottest average temperatures in 2016. The world annual temperature estimate has been broken five times since the beginning of the 21st Century (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016).

After continuous months of breaking warm temperature records - 2016 has been officially declared as one of the hottest years ever.

Climate change in 2016 was truly a global experience with temperatures approximately 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

Overall, the year was 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degree Celsius) warmer than the mean for the entire 20 century.

According to NASA, most global warming has happened in the last 35 years, with 16 of the 17 warmest years having occurred since 2001. Scientists attributed the increase to both the temporary weather pattern known as El Niño and more permanent global warming caused by greenhouse gases.

North America also had its warmest year on record.

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The warmth previous year contributed to fierce and deadly heat waves in Asia and the Middle East, a "mega"-wildfire in Canada, record low sea ice in the Arctic, and devastating coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef near Australia".

In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading US science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year - which itself topped a record set in 2014.

"Bottom line (which remains unchanged by the 2016 global temperatures) ... climate models continue to look like they produce too much warming", Chip Knappenberger, a climate scientist with the libertarian Cato Institute, wrote in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation. For eight consecutive months, January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat. "The dominant part of that is the increase in greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide". This is also the third year in a row that records have been set.

The way to global warming and climate change is as clear as the light of day.

NASA's analyses incorporate surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations. "Whether people suddenly want to say after a record that, "Oh, now we've cooled, because there was a record last year" - I think people are savvy enough to see how transparent that is".

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