Putting a Short-Term Trend in Context

January 18, 2024
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Putting a short-term trend in context. There was a brief temperature decline after 2016, which was the warmest year on record, reflecting the very strong El Niño event in progress. Similar short-term declines have followed past El Niños, such as the ones in 1973, 1983 and 1998 (highlighted with blue boxes). Data source: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies