2014 sees hottest global temperatures on record

(Japan Meteorological Agency)
(Japan Meteorological Agency)

Nick Fetty | January 9, 2015

Global temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The record-setting year in 2014 was the hottest since records began being kept in 1891. Researchers with the Japan Meteorological Agency reported that the average temperature in 2014 was 0.27 degrees Celsius higher than the baseline average between 1981 and 2010.

The ten hottest years on record have all come since 1998 and record-setting years in 1998, 2005, and 2010 can partially be attributed to the weather pattern known as El Niño Southern Oscillation, which can cause rises in air temperature. However El Niño was not a factor in 2014 which makes the record-setting year a bit of an anomaly.

Especially hot areas in 2014 included Australia, California, Europe, and Serbia. There was also a temperature increase seen in the earth’s oceans. World temperatures have been rising at a rate of 0.7 degrees Celsius (or 1.26 degrees Fahrenheit) each century since record keeping began.

Blogger Chris Mooney writes that these increases in global temperatures can be attributed to human-caused carbon emissions as he debunks the notion that climate change slowed down since 1998.

While 2014 marked the hottest year on record for global temperatures, it was only the 34th hottest year on record in the United States. The U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is expected to release its 2014 findings next week.

Top 5 Warmest Years on Record

1. 2014 (+0.27°C)

2. 1998 (+0.22°C)

3. 2010 and 2013 (tie) (+0.20°C)

5. 2005 (+0.17°C)

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