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Wacky weather? Another record-hot year could be in store for this year, NOAA says

Officials say major weather events like Winter Storm Uri may be in the cards for this year. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

This year is off to a warm start, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, who say that this year isn’t likely to cool down.


NASA and NOAA released their 2021 global temperatures report in early January, finding that last year was the sixth-hottest year on record. Officials are now saying there is a 99% chance this year will follow in its footsteps.

According to NOAA research meteorologist Jared Rennie, nine out of the last 10 years have been the warmest years on record, so the trend is long-known.

The report comes as Austin had one of its warmest December's ever. Texas saw its hottest December since 1889, with an average daily temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the state’s climatologist.

Austin isn’t the only area seeing record heat waves—Australia and Argentina have both reported record heat since the year began. The UK Met Office, a national meteorological service for the UK, echoed the report, saying that two years of La Niña events, characterized by cooler than average temperatures in the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean, would lead to record-breaking temperatures.

As a direct result, the weather is going to continue the wacky trends that were seen in 2021, resulting in major weather events like Winter Storm Uri and Hurricane Ida.

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