WASHINGTON — While Earth was a tad cooler last year than the last couple of years, it still was the fourth warmest on record, a new analysis shows.

With the partial U.S. government shutdown, federal agency calculations for last year’s temperatures are delayed. But independent scientists at Berkeley Earth calculate that last year’s average temperature was 58.93 degrees.

That’s 1.39 degrees warmer than the average from 1951 to 1980 and about 2.09 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times.

It’s likely other temperature measuring groups will agree on 2018’s ranking since they had it at fourth hottest through November, said Berkeley Earth climate scientist Zeke Hausfather. The Japanese Meteorological Agency has already calculated it at fourth. Record-keeping started in 1850.

Only 2016, 2017 and 2015 were warmer than last year, with only small differences among them. That was mostly because of natural yearly weather variations like El Nino and La Nina, Hausfather said. He said it would be foolish to call last year’s slight dip a cooling trend.

“The long term is stunningly clear,” he said.

Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann, who wasn’t part of the Berkeley Earth team, said the fact that nearly every year recently is in the top five or top 10 hottest years is “clear evidence of human-caused warming on this planet.”

Last year, 29 countries, including much of Central Europe, and Antarctica had record hot years, Hausfather said.

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(5) comments

pappyjoe

oh my God! thought I was reading a weather forecast and then here it came [scared]GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN[scared]. Why? in the world did they have to mention this? because if they can`t get accurate/very close data to sum up a report for 2018 (how long has the shutdown been) that only tells me 1 thing. Demo`s, like in Demolition Crew paid for this article [thumbdown]

DickD

Sure, Pappy, it is all the Democrats fault. They shut down the government because they wanted a wall. No, wait, that was your hero, Trump. Oh well, some day you will wake up.[sad]

Samanthapowers

isn't climate change a myth?

rbtdt5

We are going to be dead in 12 years. Live it up while you can!

Ouch, was that a piece of sky that just hit me?

DickD

Well, it it hit you on top of the head you will be okay, but it is liable to cause a storm as the sky gets broken up.[lol]

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