2016 is on track to be the warmest year on planet Earth since reliable records have been kept; and comes at the end of the warmest ever decade. Furthermore, if and when the World’s under-developed economies get their industrial pollution under control (as over-developed countries have done in the last 40 years), any hiatus there may have been will come to a devastating end.
In fact, there is every indication that things are now very far from normal; as the following two graphs veryclearly illustrate:
“After a quick initial freeze-up during the second half of September, ice growth slowed substantially during early October. On October 20, 2016, Arctic sea ice extent began to set new daily record lows for this time of year. After mid-October, ice growth returned to near-average rates, but extent remained at record low levels through late October. High sea surface temperatures in open water areas were important in limiting ice growth. October air temperatures were also unusually high, and this warmth extended from the surface through a considerable depth of the atmosphere.” – NSIDC
The latter part of the above quotation leads to the second terrifying graph:
Source: Danish Meteorological Institute
See also this article by Chris Mooney and James Samenow in the Washington Post on 17 November 2016: