At 4th warmest, only 2016, 2017, and 2015 have been warmer than 2018, and the past five years, taken together, are the warmest years in the modern temperature record.
While 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be much hotter, maybe even record-breaking.
Global surface temperatures have risen by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. This, according to scientists, is a result of the continuing warming trend caused by the excess emission of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
"The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt - in coastal flooding, heatwaves, intense precipitation and ecosystem change", NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director Gavin Schmidt detailed in the agency's release. But if you look at two, three, four, now five very warm years, then it is much harder to dismiss that.
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In addition to the temperature records, the US suffered $91 billion in direct losses from extreme weather events in 2018, the fourth most since 1980, Ardnt said.
Earth's long-term warming trend can be seen in this visualization of NASA's global temperature record, which shows how the planet's temperatures are changing over time, compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980.
The Earth experienced its fourth-hottest year in more than 136 years in 2018.
Each new year may not set a temperature record but the long-term warming "resembles riding up an escalator over time and jumping up and down while on that escalator", said Deke Arndt, chief of NOAA's climate monitoring division, referring to variables such as the El Niño pattern. NOAA's analysis found 2018 global temperatures were 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average. Even though it is still highly likely those landmark temperatures will be surpassed in due time, the Paris accords were an worldwide gesture of good faith to help protect our planet.
"The planet is warming".
Hurricane Michael was responsible for $25 billion in damages, Hurricane Florence cost an additional $24 billion and the stretch of wildfires that scorched the western us cost another $24 billion.