By: Matt Callihan, WBRZ
NOAA has released its 28th annual State of the Climate report, and it highlights some troubling issues with our changing climate. 2017 was the third warmest year on record, with 2016 being the warmest and 2015 the second warmest. The top 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1997, but the real concern is the rate of recent warming. 2014 is the fourth warmest year at +1.8°F than average, but 2017, 2015, and 2016 were +1.98°F, +1.98°F, and +2.16°F respectively. 2017 and 2015 were virtually indistinguishable because the difference was less than one hundredth of a degree, which is less than the statistical margin of error.