The climate is undoubtedly changing, this we know. Reasons for the change that’s gradually getting worse and worse since 2002, well they vary.
We do know this, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the planet experienced it’s hottest January since we started recording temperatures in 1850. For only 179 years we have been documenting and charting the weather.
NOAA has been keeping official records for 141 years. This January was the 44th consecutive year with temperatures above the 20th-century average. It is the 421st consecutive month this has happened.
The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces surpassed the 20th century average of 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) by 2.05 degrees, 55.6.
Eastern Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia charted the most dramatic temperature change last month at 9 degrees above average.
(Cover photo courtesy of NOAA, video courtesy of Al Jazeera, source NBC News)