2016 Slated to be the Hottest Year Since 1880, NASA Scientists Predict
There are only two months left for 2016 to come to an end, but that hasn't prevented NASA from predicting that it will be the hottest year on record. It's been quite a while since the earth has been on a heat streak, and the latest figures indicate that September was the hottest since record-keeping started in 1880.
The warmest ever recorded temperature was last month, which narrowly beat the previous record of 2014 by just 0.004 degrees, stated NASA. Way back in May, Gavin Schmiddt, director of Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), had stated that 2016 would head the list in the hottest years recorded.
Dr. Schmidt updated about this on Twitter too.
With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th C) seems locked in. pic.twitter.com/Btp3Vutakn
— Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) October 17, 2016
It was initially reported that June 2016 was the warmest month on record. However, this new data has led to the month being the third warmest.
Another interesting point worth mentioning is that 2016 crushed the last record for the hottest year set in 2015, which amusingly broke the previous hottest year record set in 2014. This is a three-year run that was never witnessed before in the 136-year temperature record.
Climatologists had been anticipating a massive jump in temperatures all around the world for a while. A growing and vast body of research has stated that humanity is on the verge of experiencing an unprecedented upsurge in temperatures. A study conducted in 2015 even concluded that the Arctic circle would see a 1 degree Fahrenheit growth in temperature per decade by 2020.
This indicates that the recent bouts of changes in temperature will be a routine affair, but the worst records are yet to come, said climatologist Kevin Trenberth. The only way to prohibit this chain of dangerous and extreme records is by slashing carbon pollution as soon as possible.