2016: The Hottest Year on Record

Abby Ranghiasci '18, Writer

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A new year always brings new opportunities for records. With 2016 coming to a close, it is nice to take an opportunity to reflect. For example, did anybody else notice how hot this year has been?

Countries all over the world have been experiencing record highs, with temperatures in India rising to 51 degrees Celsius (or 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit)! Southern California experienced a massive shift in temperature, experiencing both the lowest temperature ever recorded and one of the highest. The lowest was recorded at Lancaster airport at 16 degrees Fahrenheit, beating the previous record holder 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Palm Springs experienced its sixth hottest temperature at 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

With the rising heat, many dangers arose. There was an increased risk of heat stroke with the elderly and animals being especially vulnerable at this time. Another issue caused by the high temperature is dryness which results in high likelihood of wildfires to occur. In 2016, in California alone, fire ravaged and demolished over 660 homes and 560,000 acres of land.

With the heat being dialed up during the past year, one can’t help but wonder if global warming is the sole factor. Heat fluctuates so much that it’s almost impossible to tell. The good news is that 2017 is off to a great start with record amounts of snowfall in Lake Tahoe and the long awaited relief of California officially ending its four year drought.

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