Published: Sun, January 22, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

As Grimly Predicted, 2016 Emerges As The Hottest Year Yet

As Grimly Predicted, 2016 Emerges As The Hottest Year Yet

The previous trio - 1939 through 1941 - don't rank within the top 30 warmest years on record, he noted.

Between May 2015 and August 2016, each month tied or surpassed the highest temperature on record for that month.

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

It found globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 0.99 degrees Celsius warmer than the mid-20th century mean. The Earth reached its highest temperature in 2016, surpassing the records previously set in 2015 and 2014.

The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Though that increase is within the margin of error, it makes 2016 the third year in a row to break the temperature record.

If you don't live under an air-conditioned rock, it's probably not hard to believe that 2016 was the hottest year on record. When averaging daily data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and noting that there was an unanticipated sensor transition during the year, the estimated average annual sea ice extent in the Arctic was approximately 3.92 million square miles, the smallest annual average in the record. Scientists have found that earth's temperature in 2016 was hotter than it has ever been before.

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According to NASA and NOAA, 2016 was the hottest year on record since 1880.

This represents long-term warming along with the short-term effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon, he explains, predicting that the streak of breaking records will probably end this year as those El Nino effects dissipate.

Data that went into both agencies' analyses came from six separate processes of monitoring temperatures worldwide, all of which showed similar levels of warming. Global warming leads to water shortages and irregular weather conditions in rural and urban areas.

Peter Stott, acting director of the Met Office's Hadley Centre, said: "A particularly strong El Niño event contributed about 0.2C to the annual average for 2016".

"The main contributor to warming over the last 150 years is human influence on climate from increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere", he said.

The rising temperatures have also contributed to the melting of polar ice reserves, causing sea levels to rise - which, according to a recent study, could cause flooding that would affect 13.1 million people living along US coastlines.

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