This map shows Earth’s average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980, according to an analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Yellows, oranges, and reds show regions warmer than the baseline.
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
2017 was among the warmest years on record, according to new data released by NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
The planet’s global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. NOAA calls it the third warmest year on record, due to slight variation in the ways that they analyze temperatures.
“Both analyses show that the five warmest years on record have all taken place since 2010,” NASA said in a press release.
The trend is seen most dramatically in the Arctic, NASA says, as sea ice continues to melt.
“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years,” said Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
January 18, 201811:00 AM ET