Top 10 Hottest Years On Record

There’s no doubt things are warming up on planet earth.

Here are the top 10 hottest years on record:

  • 1998 - 32.94 degrees Fahrenheit (0.52 degrees Celsius)
  • 2005 - 32.86 degrees Fahrenheit (0.48 degrees Celsius)
  • 2003 - 32.83 degrees Fahrenheit (0.46 degrees Celsius)
  • 2002 - 32.83 degrees Fahrenheit (0.46 degrees Celsius)
  • 2004 - 32.77 degrees Fahrenheit (0.43 degrees Celsius)
  • 2006 - 32.76 degrees Fahrenheit (0.42 degrees Celsius)
  • 2007 - 32.74 degrees Fahrenheit (0.41 degrees Celsius)
  • 2001 - 32.72 degrees Fahrenheit (0.40 degrees Celsius)
  • 1997 - 32.65 degrees Fahrenheit (0.36 degrees Celsius)
  • 1995 - 32.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.28 degrees Celsius)

These are global figures and are based on average temperatures.

I think most people would agree that the big question of “is global warming really happening?” has now been answered. And the other big question I think is becoming a little outdated (”are humans really responsible”?).

I think relevant questions would go along the lines of “is global warming a good thing?”. And, “if it’s not a good thing, what can we do to change this?”.

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7 Responses to “Top 10 Hottest Years On Record”

  1. Making a note Says:

    According to NASA’s newly published data:

    * The hottest year on record is 1934, not 1998;
    * The third hottest year on record was 1921, not 2006;
    * Three of the five hottest years on record occurred before 1940; and
    * Six of the top 10 hottest years occurred before 90 percent of the growth in greenhouse gas emissions during the last century occurred.

  2. Ian Says:

    That’s interesting. Are you able to provide a link to their newly published data?

    Last year, NASA provided figures similar to the ones I published ( The only difference is between the years 2007 and 2001. The source of the data was the Climatic Research Unit (

  3. UK Weather Says:

    Thanks for the helpful post, i’ll keep checking back and hopefully i shall see more of the same. :)

  4. Beliefsarenottruth Says:

    When will websites like these stop posting fraudulent data. Making a note hit the nail on the head. The warmest years on record were in the 30’s. Academic honesty and intellectual integrity seemed to have slipped by the wayside recently.

  5. Ian Says:

    Many skeptics get confused about global temperatures, as they assume that US data applies to the rest of the world.

    1934 was ranked as the third hottest year in the US, but only ranks 47 globally.

    You mention that Making a note “hit the nail on the head” but I can’t see how. He/she cites NASA data, but it’s completely wrong. I’d like to see where that data actually came from. Once again, perhaps this was citing data from a single country.

    Again, I point to the Climatic Research website (which is where NASA got their data from):

    The Skeptical Science website addresses this argument too:
    Climate change skeptics like to point to 1934 in the U.S. as proof that recent hot years are not unusual. However, this is another example of “cherry-picking” a single fact that supports a claim, while ignoring the rest of the data. Globally, the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998, with 2007 as the hottest. Right now 2010 is on track to join the top ten, which will knock 2004 off of the list.

    Beliefsarenottruth, you talk of academic honesty and intellectual integrity. I’ve provided sources that back up my post (even acknowledging a slight anomaly between my data and those sources) Where are your sources? Without these, I can only assume that you’re citing a belief, not a truth.

  6. Leontine Verner Says:

    I love top10 like this one! I hope your next one post gonna be even better!:)

  7. Elli Bamber Says:

    Good job and good top10! :)