2018 was the world’s fourth hottest year on record.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA maintain their own databases on temperatures since 1880, and both agencies agree.
If this is starting to sound a bit like a broken record, that’s because 18 of the 19 hottest years on record have happened since 2001.
Scientists blame the same culprit for rising temperatures: Greenhouse Gases caused by human activities.
It’s helped bring the average global temperature up two degrees since the 1880s.
This means we’re two thirds of the way to the warming limit set ny the Paris Climate Agreement.
The average rainfall of 34.63 inches last year made 2018 the wettest year in 35 years and the third wettest year since records began in 1895.
(This story was originally published on February 6, 2019)