Bad timing: NASA/NOAA’s ‘Warmest Year’ announcement ‘will come as a potential mega-snowstorm takes aim’ at U.S. Northeast


the region braces for its first unofficial snow panic of the season, the government is about to announce that 2015 was the warmest year on record worldwide – probably by a comfortable margin.

Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies say they will release their annual reports Wednesday.

While the final piece – official December climate data – has not been made public, the first 11 months of the year were so historically balmy that the declaration of 2015 as the world’s warmest year, surpassing 2014, is all but a certainty, weather watchers agree.