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Last updated on July 2nd, 2017 at 01:28 pm
January 4, 2007. Prediction:
This year is set to be the hottest on record worldwide due to global warming and the El Nino weather phenomenon, Britain’s Meteorological Office says.
It says the combination of factors will likely push average temperatures this year above the record set in 1998.
January 2, 2008. Outcome:
2007 was one of the 10 warmest years ever, based on global recorded temperatures, according to the Met Office, the U.K. weather forecaster.
Last year “was certainly a top-10 year,” Barry Gromett, a Met Office spokesman, said today by telephone. “It was maybe the seventh-warmest year” based on preliminary figures, since estimates began around 1850, Gromett said.
UPDATE. Jeff Jacoby:
The stark headline appeared just over a year ago. “2007 to be ‘warmest on record,’ “ BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government’s Meteorological Office, the story announced that “the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007,” surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold …