2015 Will (Probably) be the Warmest Year on Record

October 21, 2015 04:24 PM

Unless the weather takes a drastic, cooler turn, 2015 is well on pace to become the warmest year globally on record. That’s after NOAA reports September had the warmest average global land and ocean temperatures since records began in 1880.

There were pockets of colder-than-average temperatures, most notably in Spain and Alaska, which both saw the coldest September in more than a decade. However, the U.S. saw the second-warmest September since 1998 and South America experienced its warmest September on record.

Warm September weather only extends a trend that has been present all year long. 2015 has tracked as the warmest year on record every month since January. Seven months in 2015, including the past five, were record warm for their respective months.


The six warmest years on record have all occurred within the past 17 years – 1998, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Strong El Niño conditions in September helped fuel higher global ocean temperatures, a trend that may last several more months. According to NOAA, “The CPC expects this El Niño to peak in late fall/early winter and estimates there is about a 95 percent chance that El Niño will continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015/16, gradually weakening through spring 2016.”

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Spell Check

Fort Worth, TX
10/22/2015 02:12 AM

  NASA, NOAA, JMA (Japan Meterological Agency) and thousands of scientists from dozens of countries all around the world are not involved in some conspiracy. If they are then they've somehow discovered how to convince the glaciers to receed. They've convinced the arctic to lose 70% of it's sea ice mass. they've convinced 90% of the earths glaciers to retreat causing a global loss of glacial ice mass of 150 billion tons per year. they've convinced plants and animals to change their historical ranges in line with a warming climate, etc, etc. so... which group is likely behind some grand conspiracy? Group A : Big Oil and others who profit from pollution or.... Group B : Thousands of scientists from dozens of contries worldwide, the glaciers, the sea ice, the plants and the animals? hmmm.... this is a tough question!

Common Sense
Bristol, SD
10/21/2015 11:14 PM

  BS! What record? Whose records? Nobody on earth today knows what the record temps were. This is just speculation and an agenda driven by NOAA and our wonderful taxpayer paid government clowns trying to regulate another chunk of our lives. Talk to someone who lived through the 30's, they will tell what warming was about - and this isn't it!

Common Sense
Bristol, SD
10/22/2015 07:03 AM

  I am sure the 50% increase in the polar ice caps is caused by global warming. With detailed global temperature data from numerous independent meteorological services showing global temperature declines for 16 years, I am sure their instruments are faulty. Lets not forget the "data doctoring" done on more than one occasion by British weather services. Don't be duped!


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