It's Chilly, But Record Cold Years Are Gone

November 20, 2014 10:35 PM

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It's Chilly, But Record Cold Years Are Gone

A surge of Arctic air has left much of the continental United States shivering in unusually bitter November cold. But this early foray into winter weather is just a small blip in the overall global picture, which is of a warming world that is still on track to see 2014 set the mark for hottest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

That warming — fueled largely by the manmade rise of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere — is so relentless, in fact, that the odds of seeing a record coldest year in the future are vanishingly small. As the animation below shows, the last time the world experienced a record-coldest year was in 1...

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