Hottest year on record almost certain

Last month “was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping,” reports NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)…This follows a record-setting July and August, which were so hot, they tied each other for the “warmest month ever recorded.”

Monthly temperatures (departure from 1980–2015),
superimposed on the 1980–2015 mean seasonal cycle.
(Credit: NASA/GISS/Schmidt)

Whereas GISS director Dr. Gavin Schmidt had been saying there was roughly a 99 percent chance that 2016 would top 2015, he tweeted Monday that “With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th C) seems locked in.”..Indeed, it now appears 2016 will crush previous record for hottest year, set in 2015, which itself crushed previous record for hottest year that was set in 2014 — a three-year run never seen before in the 136-year temperature record.

NASA’s Land and Ocean Temperature Index (LOTI)
with respect to the 1880–1899 baseline (°C)

Note – 1.5degC limit target for 2050, set in Paris, no chance, all but gone in 2016, unless zero carbon tomorrow or the next day

>more> ClimateProgress

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