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2014 was warmest year on record, NOAA says

Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter as

Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter as they walk on their boat dock at the dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California on September 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / AFP / Mark Ralston

Don't believe the polar vortex hype. 2014 was the warmest year on record, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Friday.

The previous warmest year on record had been 2010, but the average temperature in 2014 was 0.5 degrees (Fahrenheit) higher. In fact, the average temperature for 2014 was 1.80 degrees (Fahrenheit) higher than the 20th-century average.

New York bucked the trend though: Record warmth was recorded all over the globe except in the eastern United States.

The sea surface temperatures also rose, with the average temperature being 1.03 degrees (Fahrenheit) more than the 20th century average. It was the fourth-highest record temperatures since 1880, when temperatures were first recorded.

December in particular felt the warmth. Temperatures in December were 1.39 degrees (Fahrenheit) higher than the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record year 2006.


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