Maps of the day: It’s getting really, really hot


So hot that 2016 is set to become the hottest year ever recorded since modern meteorologists began collecting data.

First up, a graphic look at the global picture from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, showing the relative departures of September temperatures from historical averages:

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And a look at conditions in the United States from Climate.gov, again showing the relative departure of temperatures from historical September averages:

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Finally, the prognostication from Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who tweeted “With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th C) seems locked in”:

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