Skip to main content

Government says 2016 was the warmest on record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA declared 2016 the hottest year on record.
Scientists sounded an alarm about the third year in a row of record heat.

Scientists sounded an alarm about the third year in a row of record heat. Click to enlarge.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA declared 2016 the hottest year on record, breaking the previous year’s record heat for the third year in a row.

Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to NOAA, were 0.07 degrees warmer than 2015 and featured eight successive months (January through August) that were individually the warmest since the agency’s records began in 1880, the Washington Post reported.

The average temperature across the world’s land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 degrees or 1.69 degrees above the 20th-century average of 57 degrees, NOAA declared.

The agency also noted that the record for global temperature has now successively been broken five times since the year 2000. The years 2005 and 2010 were also record-warm years, according to the agency’s data set.

NASA concurred with NOAA, declaring 2016 the warmest year on record in its own data set, which tracks the temperatures at the surface of the planet’s land and oceans, and expressed “greater than 95 percent certainty” in that conclusion. (In contrast, NOAA gave a 62 percent confidence in the broken record.)

NASA found a bigger leap upward of temperatures in 2016, measuring the year as 0.22 degrees higher than the prior record year of 2015. The agency also noted that since the year 2001 the planet has seen “16 of the 17 warmest years on record.”

Last year “is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series,” Gavin Schmidt, who directs NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said in a statement. “We don’t expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.”

“2016 is a wakeup call in many ways,” Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Arizona, told the newspaper. “Climate change is real, it is caused by humans and it is serious.”

Related

AMI-PRE-CONFERENCE

AMI Hosts Pre-Conference Sessions

The sessions on leadership and marina management, and a tour of a nearby marina and boatyard operation, precede today’s official kickoff of the group’s annual conference.

1_DEALER.OUTLOOK

Boating’s Greatest Thingamabob

The Seattle Boat Show kicks off next week with nearly 300 exhibitors, 800 new boats and the construction of a 100-foot Rube Goldberg boat machine.

1_YEARGIN copy

Business for Good

Companies have a unique platform to make people’s lives better through products and services, how we treat employees and the kind of advocate we are for our industry.

1_PULSE.PING.2

Are You Improving the Service Experience?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers about tactics being employed to improve the service department, along with other questions about retail conditions. Take the survey here.

1_OFF.THE.HOOK.JPG

Off the Hook Yacht Sales Acquires Two Marinas

The company announced that it purchased facilities in Hampstead, N.C., and Georgetown, Md.

1_GILLEN.YS

Gillen Announces Expansion, New Hire

The yacht services company will move into a new, 15,000-square-foot location in West Palm Beach Fla., run by operations manager Tony Matherly.

1_YEARGIN

Business for Good

Companies have a unique platform to make people’s lives better through products and services, how we treat employees and the kind of advocate we are for our industry.

DOMETIC-EARNINGS

Dometic Posts Sales Increase for Q4

Net sales of $596 million were up 11% compared with the previous-year quarter, and profit was reported at $2.6 million.