2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers – such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels, and greenhouse gases – setting new records. These key findings and others can be found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report released online by the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world.


Average temperature in 2014 compared to the 1981-2010 average. In State of the Climate in 2014NOAA_Average-temperature-in-2014-compared-to-the-1981-2010-average


It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space.

“This report represents data from around the globe, from hundreds of scientists, and gives us a picture of what happened in 2014. The variety of indicators shows us how our climate is changing, not just in temperature but from the depths of the oceans to the outer atmosphere,” said Thomas R. Karl, LHD, Director, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.


Frequency of hottest days in 2014 compared to the 1961-1990 average. In State of the Climate in 2014



Source: NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Date: July 2015

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