With the official numbers now in 2015 is, by a substantial margin, the new record-holder, the warmest year in recorded history for both the globe and the Northern Hemisphere. The title was sadly short-lived for previous record-holder 2014. And 2016 could be yet warmer if the current global warmth persists through the year.
One might well wonder: just how likely is it that we would be seeing these sort of streaks of record-breaking temperatures if not for human-caused warming of the planet?
|Historical NH mean temperatures (black solid)|
Mathematicians and math majors might get excited about this article; but any way you look at the graphs should leave you convinced that we are in deep doo-doo.