Nope, Earth Isn't Cooling

July 25, 2019

Focusing on any short-term global temperature trend can be misleading. Here’s why it’s important to look at the big picture:

This animated gif puts 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).


NASA/JPL-Caltech. Data source: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.