While global warming was a main and sensitive issue for 2016, last year was also remarkable for America. Last Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made public its records. According to their data, it seems that 2016 was the second warmest year in the history of the United States. This event is considered yet another sign that climate change poses a real and threatening issue.
One of the conclusions of The NOAA’s annual report for this year is that 2016 witnessed a degree of warmth unmatched by previous records. Alaska was one of the states that registered the most Fahrenheit degrees over the usual average. Moreover, all the 48 states in the lower area recorded almost 3 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. The agency described 2016 to be a very hot year with extreme precipitations. The only states that didn’t have one of their warmest five years were Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Iowa, and Maine. On the other hand, there was a total of 34 states, among which Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Cleveland were at their hottest year on record.
Due to these extreme temperatures, there were a number of 15 natural phenomena that wreaked havoc among U.S. citizens. Some of these were Hurricane Matthew together with other wildfires, droughts, and floods that were responsible for the death of 138 people. Moreover, they caused damages that amounted to a total of $46 million.
This report is just one of other several papers that report disturbing climate milestones that are thought to be side effects of the climate change phenomenon. Among these, scientists proved that the past decade registered ten consecutive years with the lowest levels of Arctic sea ice. Moreover, the level of the seas is rising at the fastest rate during the past 28 centuries. Another worrisome sign of global warming is that 2016 had 11 months with record high temperatures.
While 2016 was the second warmest year in its history, global data show that it represented the hottest period of time for the entire world. The European Copernicus Climate Service is going to release its own report on climate matters on January 18. Specialists are already speculating that this is going to be yet another document that mentions climate change and record high temperatures.
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