NASA Data Show that 2016 was the Hottest Winter on Record
On March 2, Timothy Payne of Niagara Falls declared baldly in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal that “there is no global warming”:
Have you stopped to ask why the global warming alarmists changed their message from global warming to climate change? They had to, because there is no global warming. There has been no global warming for the last 18 years.
“There has been no global warming for the last 18 years?” Really? Tell that to NASA, which keeps a database of global temperature measurements across both land and ocean all around the globe that stretches back 136 years to 2016. The following graph shows temperatures each winter from 1881 right through the winter of 2016 (for its record-keeping, NASA classifies winter as the months of December, January and February). The global temperatures for any single year’s winter are compared to the 1951-1980 average for winters, so that values above zero represent warmer temperatures than the 1951-1980 average, while values below zero represent colder temperatures than the 1951-1980 average.
This is what global warming looks like, and yes, that spike shows what you think it shows: 2016 was the hottest winter on record. Every single one of the twenty coldest winters in the record comes before 1930. Every single one of the twenty hottest winters in the record comes after 1982, and every single one of the ten hottest winters in the record comes after 1997. The two hottest winters on record: 2015 and 2016.
Global warming is real. Global warming is continuing. And the best fit line for the the global warming trend (Temperature Anomaly = -26.272 – (0.2681 * YEAR) + (0.0074 * YEAR SQUARED), R-squared: 0.782) indicates an accelerating warming trend.