The Hill: “This year is on track to become one of the hottest ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the weather agency of the United Nations.”
“The agency released preliminary estimates on Wednesday showing that the planet is experiencing one of its hottest years ever. And if high temperatures continue at current rates, 2014 will be the hottest in 135 years of record-keeping. High global sea surface temperatures are also causing extreme weather, including heavy rainfall, floods and extreme drought.”
Michel Jarraud, WMO secretary-general, said 2014 was “particularly ‘unusual’ and ‘alarming’ because of high temperatures over large swaths of the ocean, including in the Northern Hemisphere.”
Inside Climate News: “The graph below shows annual temperature records in relation to the norm of the three decades from 1960-1990.” The bar colors indicate whether a year was classified as an El Niño year (red), a neutral year (grey) or a La Niña year (blue).