By Andrea Thompson Climate Central Dec 30th, 2016 see full article here
2016 is about to cap off the hottest year on record for the third straight year, a remarkable streak fueled primarily by the excess heat trapped in Earth’s atmosphere by ever-rising levels of greenhouse gases. While that streak is expected to end, in part because of the demise of one of the strongest El Niños on record, 2017 is still expected to be among the hottest years in more than 130 years of record keeping, according to a forecast from the U.K. Met Office…..Because of global warming, 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred this century, the only exception being the strong El Niño year of 1998….
The U.K. Met Office’s forecast for 2017’s global annual average temperature. Credit: Met Office
… The running average of global temperatures throughout 2016 compared to recent years. Each month shows the average of that month’s temperature and each month before it. …