By Climate Central
Editor’s Note: The graphic above was updated on September 23, 2015 to reflect NCEI revisions.
It’s official — 2014 is the hottest year on record.
The global ocean temperature was also the highest on record while many land areas were also warmer than normal or set records such as many countries in Europe and the western U.S. The only major blue spot for 2014 was the eastern half of the U.S.
With 2014 in the record books, this means that 13 of the 15 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2000. Also, this marks the 38th consecutive year with global temperatures above average. In comparison, the last time we set a global record cold temperature for the year was way back in 1911.