2015 the hottest year on record by a long shot


Last year was the Earth’s hottest year on record, surpassing more than a century of high temperature marks by a wide margin, reports the Associated Press.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA say 2015 was by far the hottest year in 136 years of record keeping.

NOAA says 2015’s average temperature was 58.62 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 1.62 degrees above the 20th-century average. NASA, which measures differently, says 2015 was 0.23 degrees warmer than the record set in 2014.

This was the fourth time in 11 years that Earth broke annual marks for high temperature.

[H/T AP]

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