By Patricia L Johnson
Perhaps you have been brainwashed by the naysayers into believing there is no such animal as global warming, or perhaps you are one of the few people in this country that use their head for something other than a hat rack.
In either case, the facts are in and the average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for calendar year 2014 was the highest on record of all readings taken during the past 135 years.
Following are the Global Highlights from the National Climatic Data Center, Global Analysis for December 2014. The full report may be read by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
- The December 2014 average combined global land and ocean surface temperature was record high in the 135-year period of record, at 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average of 12.2°C (54.0°F).
- The December 2014 globally-averaged land surface temperature was the third highest on record, at 1.36°C (2.45°F) above average. The globally-averaged ocean surface temperature was also third highest for December on record, at 0.55°C (0.99°F) above average.
- The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January–December 2014 was the highest on record among all years in the 135-year period of record, at 0.69°C (1.24°F) above the 20th century average.
Pasted from <http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/12>
NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for December 2014, published online January 2015, retrieved on January 16, 2015 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2014/12.