2019 Was Second-Hottest Year, According to World Meteorological Organization

Last year was hot.  So hot, that it was second in recorded temperature only to 2016, which included a strong El Nino pattern, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  The group expects more warming, which it said would lead to more extreme weather events like the brush fires in Australia.

The data from the Geneva-based WMO crunches several datasets including from NASA and the UK Met Office. It showed that the average global temperature in 2019 was 1.1 degree Celsius (34°F) above pre-industrial levels.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said:

“Australia had its hottest, driest year on record in 2019, setting the scene for the massive bushfires which were so devastating to people and property, wildlife, ecosystems and the environment.  Unfortunately, we expect to see much extreme weather throughout 2020 and the coming decades, fueled by record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

The WMO doesn’t mention that heat didn’t cause the brush fires, they have been attributed to dry lightning, unintentional sparks from people, and even intentional settings.  Dry conditions make burns more favorable, but didn’t start them.

As for hotter in the future, perhaps.  But the most accurate temperature model, the Russian INM-CM4, shows much smaller temperature gains we commonly hear.

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  1. Larry Craig

    What you mean to say is that last year was the hottest year in the last, what, 130 years of earth’s existence. And how old is the earth? Four billion years?
    There was a documented ice age from around 1000 AD to around 1500 AD. So for 500 years, that was normal. Then it warmed up. I wonder if everybody panicked that it was the end of the world.
    What was the world average temperature in 1830? 1532? 735? 1000 BC? Nobody knows. What was the average temperature in Afghanistan in the 1400s?
    Actually average world temperatures were impossible to determine prior to the advent of weather satellites in the 1970s. Scientists are making conclusions today on inadequate information.

    • Robert Vickers

      Finally, intelligent people without an agenda. You can talk the left ,until you are blue in the face and will continue to spout this garbage. Than all of you for your ,ever so true comments

  2. Informed American

    Every year is the hottest on record when you annually edit the preceding data of every prior year like they do

  3. Adrian Vance

    Not only is this not true, as the weather records of the 1930’s, show. 1934 was the hottest year in our history and created the “Dust Bowl” the likes of which we have not seen since. The lie these Ph.D.s are telling is much larger: See “CO2 Is Innocent” at https://ScienceFrauds.blogspot.com and do the $5 demo-experiment to see proof for what I am saying. 10,000 readers, with most scientists and engineers, have and none have objected.

  4. JoeyP

    And . . . what’s your POINT? we’ve had this “hottest”, Coldest”, etc. and I wouldn’t TRUST “World Meteorological Organization” (or ANY OTHER title with “World”) attached to it. “Climate Change Crisis” is a Lie, HOAX and a joke with NO equal in MASSIVE stupidity running it. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  5. scot_belle

    I’m in the Pacific North West, and this past summer…we didn’t need the air conditioner….even once.
    Our winter, 2018-2019, hit low temps…down to below 10 degrees, several times and hovered in the 20’s
    and 30’s…for days on end. So far this winter, 2019-2020, has been lighter in moister/snow pack, but
    recently that’s getting back to normal. Temperatures, are very much like last winter.

    Considering that Earth has been warming since the last Ice Age, I just don’t buy this “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” and definitely NOT the “man made” part of that point of view. ALSO, these “reports” ignore the facts that …(1) Earth’s orbit is elliptical, (2) our Sun (a star) is aging and is heating up, and (3) earth’s axis is a “wobbly” one ….which adds to the effects of (1) and (2). Thus, our global temperatures… are very cyclical in nature.

  6. Mary

    Thank you commenters; I recall in Indiana when 2010 and 2011 had a very hot spell and a drought map running from Texas to Indiana. In the 1930’s it was very hot. So last year was not that hot.

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