In the early Saturday morning hours, Australian time, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is expected to officially pronounce 2014 as the hottest global year on record. The follows the same finding last week from the Japan Meteorological Association.
This is significant news. The joint NASA/NOAA statement has been anticipated for weeks. As the primary repositories of US and global climate data, the statement is generally seen as the conclusive report card of the year just past.
This will mean nine of the ten hottest years have taken place in the 21st century. It’ll also mean you’ll likely have to go back to the late 1970s to find a year cooler than the long term average. This will have significant impacts on the Australasian Fire Authorities with hotter and longer summers.