2016 the Hottest Year in History! Is Global Warming on the Rise?!

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Published on January 23rd, 2017 | by ttn in Science

The year 2016 was a lot of things, and it also happened to be the hottest year in recorded history! According to data from the UK Met Office and NASA, records showed that annual temperatures were 0.07 degrees Celsius about the previous year’s temperatures of 2015.


The year 2016 was the third year in a row to have an increase in annual temperatures. It is believed that the El Nino weather storm played a large part in the increase in temperatures. However, it is also said that the main reason for the increase in temperatures in due to an increase in human C02 emissions.

The Storm that Started It

El Nino started as a band of warm ocean water in the Pacific ocean, these water temperatures were unusual. The El Nino phenomenon caused a ripple effect to the weather we experienced in the year 2016.


El Nino is described as when the ocean temperatures near the equator are much higher than normal. This weather phenomenon can occur every two to seven years. This increase in temperature of the ocean can have a ripple effect. El Nino can impact the pressure systems, winds, and precipitation, which will also affect temperatures.

Human C02 Emissions to Blame?


So what are human C02 emissions, you may ask? Human C02 emissions are caused by things such as cement production, deforestation, and burning fossil fuels; such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Having an overload of carbon dioxide, or C02, in the earth’s atmosphere leads to global warming.

Global warming is the phenomenon where the Earth’s average temperatures are believed to permanently increase due to changes that occur, either caused naturally or artificially due to humans.

2016 Hottest Year in History

Last year, 2016, now holds the record for the warmest annual temperatures since the year 1880. The month of June broke the heat records for the twentieth century, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Do you think we will continue to see an increase of annual temperatures in 2017? How did you cool off with the high heat index in 2016? Please share in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!

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