2018 was a
year of records.
August 24th, 2018: Maine hit a new record of 31 days where humidity was 70 or higher.
In the summer of 2018, the Gulf of Maine warmed 3.0° C (5.3° F) above average – an unheard-of temperature spike.
The Arctic had its warmest year on record.
April 2018 set a global record in human history of average carbon dioxide (CO2 ) concentration in our atmosphere: 410 parts per million (ppm). Continued CO2 emissions at today’s rate put Earth on track to reach 2° C of warming later in this century.
June 30th, 2018: The city of Quriyat in Oman had the highest daily low temperature in recorded world temperature history: 107° F. July produced heat records set around the world: Asia, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and the western USA.
Also in July 2018: England had its driest summer in 50 years. But 16.4 inches of rain fell in Baltimore in one storm. Greece had record heat with a firestorm that killed 90 people. Algeria, Africa recorded the highest temperature in modern temperature-recorded history: 124.3° F. The temperature hit 86° F north of the Arctic Circle.
2014-2017 were the 4 hottest years globally since records have been kept (about 138 years). The Arctic, which is warming faster than anywhere on Earth, has warmed 2.5° C since the middle of the 20th century.
September 5th: North Carolina had a record rainfall from hurricane Florence: 30+”.
October 16th: Major floods in Texas with “record-breaking” river flood levels. Llano, TX experienced a 35-foot river rise in 24 hours.
October 20th, 2018: North America suffered its 9th CAT 4 hurricane in one year, an annual record.
December 18th: Washington D.C. set an annual record rainfall since records were kept.