It’s official. 2014 was the warmest year on record.
The global average temperature in 2014 was 0.69°C (1.24°F) hotter than the average during the twentieth century, NOAA found. The two agencies each conducted separate analyses of temperature data, based on both satellite and ground readings.
The second hottest year in NOAA’s records was 2010 — an El Niño year — followed by 2005, 1998, and 2007. All ten hottest years have come since 1998.
“If you are younger than 29 years old, you haven’t lived in a month that was cooler than the 20th-century average,” pointed out Marshall Shepherd, a meteorologist at the University of Georgia, in a statement.
But Albert Gore is a corpulent fellow with an aeroplane, so scientists are all lying and it snowed in Florida this year, and we should just let other people deal with it, or something.
Then again, it’s probably because 2014 was the hottest year on record in California, and one of the coolest years on record in Bobby Jindal’s neck of the woods.