2015 is now the hottest year on record

Overheated ThermometerIt’s official.  “Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history by far, breaking a record set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world.”

“The whole system is warming up, relentlessly,” said Gerald A. Meehl, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

Researchers believe that the consecutive heat records set in 2014 and 2015 may have put the world back onto a trajectory of rapid global warming after period of relatively slow warming since 1998, when the last powerful El Niño affected weather patterns.  For more, read today’s NYT article here.