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Jan 20, 2016 5:56 PM

Joe Knows: 2015 was hottest year ever

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

It looks like last year's high temperatures were one for the record books. 2015 is officially the hottest year so far, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.

The two have been keeping record of the average temperatures for the last 136 years. They say last year was more than 20 percent warmer than 2014, which was the previous hottest year on record.

In the NOAA's data set, 10 out of 12 months in the year set monthly global temperature records, and the five months when temperatures went above the average the most were all during 2015 as well.

Experts say the record-breaking heat was fueled in part by on of the strongest El Ninos on record.

Separate data from the Japan Meteorological Agency confirms the 2015 ranking.

So while each data center has different ways of ranking and gathering information, many of them have come to the same conclusion: that last was the hottest on record and leaving many to wonder if 2016 will continue this trend.


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