Report confirms 2016 was another warm year

August 9, 2017
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

A new report published in Weather confirms that 2016 was another exceptionally warm year, with global temperature having reached 0.77± 0.09?C above its level between 1961 and 1990. Although 2016 was not measurably warmer than 2015, both 2015 and 2016 were clearly warmer than any other year in the record.

The record high global temperatures in 2015 and 2016, which saw global temperatures reach 1degC above pre-industrial levels, were the result of the long-term temperature rise attributed to greenhouse gases in combination with a temporary boost from a major El Niño event. In addition, the Arctic was exceptionally warm, particularly during 2016.

Dr John Kennedy of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, lead author of the report, said, "Climatically, 2015 and 2016 saw both long-term human-induced climate change and the naturally-occurring El Niño combine to produce the two warmest years on record for global temperature. However, as the other indicators of 2016 prove, there are many more measures of the climate than : from local extremes of temperature and rainfall to an unexpected drop in Antarctic sea ice."

Explore further: First half of 2017 ranks 2nd hottest globally, behind 2016

More information: Weather, DOI: 10.1002/wea.3042

Related Stories

Planet's monthly hot streak ebbs in September

October 18, 2016

The planet's longest hot streak in 137 years of record-keeping came to an end Tuesday, with last month registering as the second warmest September in modern times, said US government scientists.

El Nino and the end of the global warming hiatus

April 27, 2017

A new climate model developed by Yale scientists puts the "global warming hiatus" into a broader historical context and offers a new method for predicting global mean temperature.

Recommended for you

Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war

November 17, 2017

Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories this week, thanks to a one-of-a-kind instrument that allowed them ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.