2015 Was The Hottest Year Ever

Posted By on September 17, 2015

Last month was the hottest August on record, topping out the hottest summer on record, according to data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was the sixth month this year to set a new record: February, March, May, June, July, and August. This has been the hottest start to a year on record and the hottest 12 months on record. It follows the hottest calendar year (2014), and the hottest decade.

 

In 136 years of global temperature data, we are in uncharted territory. And this year’s extremes are likely to continue as a strong El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean continues to rip more heat into the atmosphere.

Results from the world’s top monitoring agencies vary slightly. NOAA and the Japan Meteorological Agency both had August as the hottest month. NASA had it as one degree cooler than the previous record, set last year. All three agencies agree that 2015 is on track to be the hottest yet, by a long shot.

The heat was experienced differently across the world, but few places escaped it altogether. The map below shows a few purple spots of cooler-than-average temperatures—notably the U.S. Midwest—and plenty of record-breaking red. The massive stretch of crimson in the Pacific Ocean is the footprint of El Niño.

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Sources: NOAA ,Bloomberg,

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