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10 Warmest Years on Record Globally

It’s official — 2014 is the hottest year on record. NOAA and NASA jointly released their global temperature data, indicating that this year topped both 2005 and 2010 as the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. The global temperature was 1.24°F above the long-term average, besting the previous record holders by 0.07°F. 

The global ocean temperature was also the highest on record, coming in at 1.09°F degrees above average while many land areas were also warmer than normal or set records such as many countries in Europe and the western U.S. The only major blue spot for 2014 was the eastern half of the U.S.

With 2014 in the record books, this means that 13 of the 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000. Also, this marks the 38th consecutive year with global temperatures above average. In comparison, the last time we set a global record cold temperature for the year was way back in 1911.