Environment

New Finding Reveals Something Groundbreaking About the Weather

November 14th 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

If you think fall has been just as disgustingly hot as summer, you're about to feel validated. This year is projected to be the hottest on record, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Global temperatures have already surpassed the record-breaking temperatures of 2015, which was the second hottest year on record in the U.S., and preliminary data suggests that worldwide temperatures in 2016 are 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, according to the WMO release. El Niño caused higher temperature levels in 2015 and 2016, the WMO explained.

WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas said climate change is responsible for extreme weather patterns.

“Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen," he said in the release. "'Once in a generation heatwaves and flooding are becoming more regular. Sea level rise has increased exposure to storm surges associated with tropical cyclones.”

This report follows a record-breaking hot summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently found that summer 2016 nights were the hottest on record since the organization began collecting data on summer weather patterns in 1865, ATTN: noted in September. NOAA scientist Jake Crouch told USA Today in September that humidity was responsible for the hot summer nights, and that the national average low temperature was more than 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. 

The NOAA also reported in early November that this is the third warmest October on record since it began gathering data. The organization found that New Mexico had a nearly 6 percent average temperature increase in October, and that Alaska had its driest October ever recorded. Many Pacific Northwest states experienced record-breaking wetness for the month of October, the NOAA found.

ATTN: has reached out to NOAA for comment on the latest WMO report and will update this piece if we hear back.