MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) – According to NASA, The UK Met Office, and the World Meteorological Organization, 2018 was the 4th warmest year globally. For NASA and NOAA, this is from a dataset that goes back to 1880. In one of the publications from NASA, the global temperature since 1880 has increased by approximately 2°F or 1°C.
2018 joins a top 5 of warmest years that include the last 5 years going back to 2014.
In a report published by NOAA, 2018 was nearly 1.5°F above the 20th Century average and that sea surface temperatures were about 1.2°F above normal.
The report goes on to mention that in the US there were $14 billion in weather/climate-related disasters.
Not only was 2018 a warm year, but it was a wet one as well. This year in the US was the 3rd wettest in the last 124 years.
As mentioned above, all the data from above is compared to data that dates back to the 1880s. However, we have an understanding of the climate that goes back thousands of years thanks to things like paleoclimatology.