Multiple climate analysis groups from the United States and Britain announced Wednesday that 2016 marked the planet’s warmest year on record.

The slew of new releases and accounts about the record warmth are telling.

But most powerful are visuals illustrating the year’s warmth and the warmth that built up in years preceding it. Viewing them together reveals a clear and compelling picture of a warming world.

1. Surface temperature analyses from five different groups show 2016 was the planet’s warmest on record:

2. Since 2000, the planet has set a record high temperature five times in NASA’s analysis, including each of the past three years:

3. Bubbles show the ever-rising global temperatures in time series from the British Met Office:


4. Expanding circles show the planet’s average temperature swelling, on a path toward 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels in data from the Met Office:


5. Temperatures were warmer than normal in 2016 over all land areas in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s analysis:

6. The Arctic, in particular, displayed “extraordinary warming” in 2016, in this analysis from Berkeley Earth:

7. Dating back to the late 1800s, year by year, the Earth turns redder and warmer in NOAA and NASA analyses:

8. Since 1950, NASA data show most land areas have warmed more than 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit):

9. Between 2015 and 2016, record high temperatures for the planet were set during 16 consecutive months in NOAA’s analysis:

10. 2016 compared to the other warmest years in NOAA’s analysis:

11. This El Niño year was warmer, by far, than any previous El Niño year in NOAA’s analysis:

12. Surface temperature trends are consistent with computer model forecasts:

News releases on 2016 as the warmest year: NOAA, NASA, Met Office, Berkeley Earth