Published: Sun, January 22, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Earth Boils to Record-High Temperature for Third Year In a Row

Earth Boils to Record-High Temperature for Third Year In a Row

Region 1, which consists of the panhandle eastward to the eastern Jefferson County border, had their second warmest year since records began.

NASA and NOAA, which separately analyze global temperature data, have both found that global temperatures surpassed records for the past three years.

Last year was also the 40th consecutive year that the average annual global temperature was above the 20th century average.

Earth's average surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees since the late 19th century, about the time when such records were first kept, scientists with NASA and NOAA said.

NOAA found that global land and ocean surface temperatures were 0.94 degrees Celsius, or 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 20th century average, which beat the 2015 record by 0.04 degrees Celsius, or 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Wednesday announcement. Thus 2016 was the third year in a row to experience such soaring temperatures.

Meryll/DreamstimeThe folks at the University of Alabama in Huntsville who are in charge of the satellite temperature dataset that starts in 1979 declared 2016 as the warmest year in that record earlier this month.

"We can make statements about the differences year by year at the 10ths-, sometimes 100ths-of-degree level, but we don't know the absolute temperature of the planet that well".

Earth Boils to Record-High Temperature for Third Year In a Row

Last year's heat helped set other records as well. But the long-term warming trend should continue to go up and, Arndt says, threatens new records nearly every year.

"2016 is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series", said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Scientists say record temperatures were set on almost every continent and were particularly high in the Arctic, where coastal erosion is rapidly displacing communities. According to the NASA data, temperatures in the Arctic averaged as much as 4 degrees Celsius higher than normal, by far the biggest change recorded across the globe.

The prize for the most shocking trend, however, has to go to the Arctic.

This concerning trend - which researchers predicted towards the end of previous year - adds to the growing body of evidence that global warming is getting worse as time goes on.

The rise in global temperatures was aided by the natural phenomenon called El Niño.

While July held the hottest day of the year reaching 101 on the 28th, it was not a record setter.

Sea ice in both the Arctic Ocean and around Antarctica is at record lows for mid-January.

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