The year ‘2014’ has now been officially declared as the hottest year on record by the US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to the official figures, the temperature records were found shattered worldwide, including most parts of Europe, parts of South America, some portions of Russia and China and the Far East.
The agencies on Friday announced that the average global temperatures on sea as well as land surfaces that were collected all around the planet were found to be 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.
During a teleconference on Friday, Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division in Science Mission Directorate at NASA, said, “When averaged over the globe, 2014 was found as the warmest year on record.”
The United States only emerged as an anomaly as it featured a substantial chunk of real estate with the temperatures of land surface below average. Much of the South and Midwest regions were found having bearing an extra-ordinarily cold year. Alaska and much of the West Coast featured record highs.
The surface temperatures collected by NOAA and NASA with the help of a wide variety of instruments, including satellite readings, temperature gauges on ships and buoys, and weather station thermometers, showed 2014 was the hottest year on record.
“Multiple datasets from across the globe continue to validate each other and highlight these long term trends,” Richard W. Spinrad, chief scientist at NOAA said while revealing the temperature records and the truth behind the climate change due human interference.
As per the new data sets, the globe has been warming at an average of 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit per 10 years since 1880.
According to NOAA, the year 2014 was the warmest year on record as it was 2.5 times more likely warmer than 2010. However, the NASA estimates showed 2014 was 1.5 times more likely than 2010 to emerge as the warmest year on record.
Earlier, the meteorological agency of Japan had already confirmed ‘2014’ as the hottest year on record. Meanwhile, the weather agency of United Kingdom is also expected to declare similar findings over eh hottest year later today.