That was the fourth-highest number of billion-dollar disasters and the fourth-highest dollar amount, taking inflation into account. One of them was hail storms August 6 and 7 which hit the Rockies and high plains - the Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was one casualty of those storms.
"You get ups and downs - years that are a little bit warmer, a little bit cooler - but the long-term underlying trend is very, very clear", said NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt, who worked on the space agency's analysis.
Though there are minor variations from year to year, all five temperature records show peaks and valleys in sync with each other. "There's no question about those trends existing in the data", - however we slice it. NASA said it's happening and will continue to happen for years to come. The NOAA data ranks 2018 as Australia's third warmest year since 1910. In the past 5 years, the annual average rose to 12.6.
(WASHINGTON D.C.)- previous year was the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The last five years, starting in 2014, are the warmest that have been recorded since scientists started keeping track of the global surface temperature in 1880.
They also report that during 2018 the global temperature was 0.83 Celsius degrees above the 20th century average and that ninth of the 10 warmest years occurred since 2005. It was the 42nd consecutive year, since 1977, with an above-average global temperature.
If Toronto felt warmer than usual past year, it's because it was. Both were the fourth highest on record.
Hurricane Michael was responsible for $25 billion in damages, Hurricane Florence cost an additional $24 billion and the stretch of wildfires that scorched the western USA cost another $24 billion. At least 247 people died in those disasters.
But again, Abdalati cautioned against the mentality of placing a single year under the microscope to the exclusion of broader trends.
Last year, 29 countries - including much of Europe and the Middle East - and the continent of Antarctica had their hottest years on record, said Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist with the nonprofit research organization.