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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.

Global Temperature Anomalies, 1881-2016. Source: NASA

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.

13 thoughts on “NASA Data Show that 2016 was the Hottest Winter on Record”

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  3. Al Hopfmann says:

    The 2016 Winter was also the hottest on record for Mars. Just saying.

    1. ella says:

      That is a point to take to heart. Mars is closer to the Sun. Of course it could stand to be warmer there. Global warming and Climate change are related. Just as much as, if it were the case, Global cooling and Climate change would be related. The point that there are several factors involved, is noted by the scientists. Could it be that we, as the only ones on this planet that can, should be learning how, and implementing change, to moderate the change, for our survival, is the most important fact?

      1. Shane says:

        Mars is not closer to the sun.

  4. John says:

    Call it what you want. The planet heating up is nothing new. It’s happened many times before, and will happen again. The problem is what the progressive left are using it for is an opportunity to increase big government by placing a carbon tax on everybody on the planet!

    1. J Clifford says:

      Actually, John, the hottest winter in all of recorded history is, by definition, something new.

      1. Shane says:

        So we’ve been able to measure temperature since the cavemen? No, and we probably couldn’t take accurate data before the 1830’s

        1. ella says:

          Shane, we have other sciences that can read the climate changes of the distant past. Maybe not give a temperature reading to the degree, but probably come close. Geology is one of those sciences. The we have those marvelous people who study astronomy and can tell us where , what planet was thousands of years ago. It is amazing isn’t it?

      2. JonasSulk says:

        J Clifford says:
        Mar 18, 2016

        Actually, John, the hottest winter in all of recorded history is, by definition, something new.

        Not at all factually true! The previous “hottest winter in recorded history” before this one was the same thing, only earlier.

  5. ella says:

    The Geological Society is probably the best source for the historical climate change record. The Society has issued statements concerning the alarming state of our climate and that we are able to and need to make changes.

    December 2015: “The document states that to tackle climate change, governments, including that of the UK, must seize the opportunity at climate talks in Paris in December to negotiate an agreement based on the latest scientific evidence. Pointing to that scientific evidence, the organisations say that if we are to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming in this century to 2°C relative to the pre-industrial period, we must transition to a zero-carbon world by early in the second half of the century.”

  6. ella says:

    Got me on that one. Mars is one planet back, although at different times of year, and about every other year, we are on opposite sides of the sun. Since our orbits are elliptical and Earth swings wider twice as often, is it possible that Mars could be on a closer swing when the Earth is on a far swing? 🙂

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Nope. Check out this resource from Universe Today on the perihelion (closest point to the sun) and aphelion (farthest point from the sun) of each of the planets in our solar system. No major planet has an orbit that crosses the orbit of another planet (Pluto, a minor planet, has an orbit that crosses the orbit of Neptune).

      The perihelion of Earth is 147 million miles from the sun. The aphelion of Earth is 152 million miles from the sun.
      The perihelion of Mars is 207 million miles from the sun. The aphelion of Mars is 249 million miles from the sun.

      Bottom line: at no point in either planet’s orbit is Mars ever closer to the sun than Earth.

      1. ella says:

        Well, that is good to know. 🙂 Then there is the theory that the sun is getting brighter, probably as a cycle. That might account for both planets being warmer, in part anyway. Since Mars doesn’t have a huge animal population – that we know about – it could be that for Mars.

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