November 2020 Was Second Hottest November On Record
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The nation’s climate scientists say November was warmer than usual, and it was yet another month in a pattern of rising global temperatures.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks global temperatures and researchers say the warming trend is continuing.
“This was the second warmest November on record,” said Ahira Sánchez-Lugo, a NOAA climatologist. “Our data goes back to 1880. That’s a total of 141 years of data there.”
NOAA scientists say the ten warmest Novembers have all happened since 2004.
This year’s warm temperatures also put 2020 on the cusp of being one of the hottest years on record.
“It is very likely, very likely that it will be among the top three warmest years on record,” said Sánchez-Lugo. “So, we do the same analysis for the year 2021. And we are … it is very likely for the year 2021 to also end among the ten warmest years on record.”
Global temperatures have been rising steadily since the 1980s and that is expected to continue.
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