Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 Hottest Year to Date, Could Top 2014 Record

How surface temperatures around the world varied from the 20th century average over the period from January to March 2015. (Credit: NOAA)  Click to Enlarge.
By the reckoning of the three main agencies that track global temperature, 2015 has so far been the warmest year in more than a century.  Coming immediately after the hottest year on record, the ranking serves as a reminder of how much the globe’s overall temperature has risen thanks to the ever-growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

With the year only a quarter through, it’s difficult to say definitively how 2015 as a whole will turn out.  But with an El NiƱo event currently in place that could help keep temperatures at record or near-record levels for the remainder of the year, 2015 may be poised to eclipse 2014’s newly minted record, though climate scientists are cautious on such pronouncements.

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