Since 1880, the average temperature of the Earth has been recorded. 2014 experienced the highest average temperature to date, beating out previous record holder 1998.
Click to Watch:
According to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014 experienced the warmest temperatures on record since 1880. 1998 previously held the record, but 2014 was 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit higher.
The average surface temperature of the Earth has increased annually by approximately 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century.
In total, nine of the ten hottest years to date have all occurred during the 21st century. This warming is attributed to an increase in the Earth's atmosphere of carbon dioxide and manmade emissions, which has predominately occurred in the last thirty years.
Certain areas of the world saw more dramatic shifts in temperature higher or lower than the annual global mean. In America, parts of the East Coast and Midwest experienced particularly cold temps, while Western states, such as Arizona, Nevada and California, were warmer than usual.
The last month the Earth experienced a drop in its 20th century average was February 1985. The average temperature for the 20th Century was 57.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though 2014 falls directly into the trend of ongoing global warming, scientists expect weather anomalies to occur which cause temperatures to fluctuate.
- 5 Radical Takeaways from the Pope's Letter on Climate
- A Green-Energy Founding Father
- We're All Taking Dirty Pictures
- Faking It While the World Burns
- This Oil Spill Hits Close to Home
- A Fossil-Fueled Fantasy
- The Pentagon Makes War on Alaska's Pristine Wilderness
- An Open Letter to Obama: If You Want Money for the Climate, Tax Wall Street
- Climate Denial Syndrome Sweeps Wisconsin
- How Climate Change and Resource Scarcity Are Upending World Politics
- Virginia Is for Dirty-Energy Lovers
- Humanity's War on Wildlife
- Making Green Cool Again in Hungary
- David and Goliath in the Amazon
- NASA Warns of 'Megadroughts'
- Our Growing Carbon Emissions
- Global Warming Triggered Syria War
- Round-the-World Solar Flight Takes Off
- 10 Extreme Weather Facts
- New York City Sea Level Rises
- Alaskan Glaciers Disappearing
- Leather Sludge New Bio-Fuel Source
- Why the Ocean is Turning More Acidic
- Why Whales Beach Themselves
- Termites Fight Climate Change
- Gas-Guzzlers On Road To Extinction
- Technology & Transformation
- Ecuador: All You Need Is Love and Oil?
- China Pulls Critical Pollution Documentary Offline
- Forging Our Future
- Green Believers
- The Glaciers Are Talking to Us
- Bald Eagles Nesting In New York City For First Time In 100 Years
- Asian Pollution Messing With U.S. Weather
- Instagram Account Shows Reality of Climate Change
- Keystone Pipeline Would Emit Tons of Greenhouse Gases
- Why You Can't Throw Away Batteries
- Road Salt Is Worse Than You Think
- Arctic Not Cold Enough for Polar Bears
- Doomsday Clock & Climate Change
- Sea-Level Accelerating Faster Than Previously Thought
- 6 Countries Dictate Planet's Future
- Manhattan Size Glacier Breaks Apart
- Opinions Split on Fracking Benefits
- Bad News for Sea Level Rise
- 2014 Hottest Year On Record According To NASA
- While Our Planet Melts, GOP Pleads Ignorance
- The Myth of the Wild
- Plastic Bags are Not a Need - Just a Bad Habit
- Environmental Security: Conflict or Cooperation?
- Beyond The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus
- Climate Change Report Sounds Alarm for Planet Earth
- Genesis, Mother Nature and Environmental Stewardship
- Global Climate Change: Calling All Pagans
- Chicken Little 'Science'
- Climate Change and Interstate Conflict
- Fracking: A Deadly Power Surge
- Inhospitable Earth -- Compared to What?
Article: Copyright © 2015
"2014 Hottest Year On Record According To NASA "