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The reason involves El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that affects weather worldwide. In 1998, the year started off super-hot because of an El Nino. But then that El Nino disappeared and temperatures moderated slightly toward the end of the year.
This year has no El Nino yet, but forecasts for the rest of the year show a strong chance that one will show up, and that weather will be warmer than normal, Blunden said.
If 2014 breaks the record for hottest year, that also should sound familiar: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2010 all broke NOAA records for the hottest years since records started being kept in 1880.
Not getting all of your climate news from Huffinton Post would be a good starting point.
originally posted by: lostbook...All of the pieces are coming together in a dis-heartening way, ATS. What's the answer?
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
With records only being kept since 1880, do we really have enough info to decide anything? The planet has been here for a long time and it just feels like reacting to a little over a century is premature.