2016 the warmest year ever recorded

NOAA reported and NASA confirmed 2016 was the hottest year on record, which date to 1880. And 2016 was the third straight year of record warm temperatures on the globe.

It was the second warmest year for the U.S., but the warmest ever for Asheville. This information came out on an usually warm January day.

With temperatures shooting up into the 60's, Zander Williams skated by in shorts and a T-shirt.

"I was wearing a jacket, but then I got super hot playing hockey, so I took it off," the 10-year-old said.

Williams was playing roller hockey with his dad and brother in Carrier Park. He worked on his one-timer, while 2016 posted an all-timer.

They weren't the only ones enjoying the weather.

"I would easily trade the weather here with the weather in Ireland any day. It's a lot nicer here at the moment," said Frank Holly, the Grove Park's assistant golf professional who was born in Ireland.

Holly rolled with the weather. On the rare January day, he watched 20 people tee off at the Grove Park's golf course.

Mike Pedemonti golfed for the second time this week.

"It's a treat to be out here in the middle of January. And what, a week and a half ago it was seven inches of snow. This is lovely," Pedemonti said.

While he worked on his short game, the National Centers for Environmental Information looked at the long game. It shows a warming trend.

"The long term rise is due to increased greenhouse gases that are trapping heat down here at the surface," Deke Arndt, the NCEI chief of climate monitoring, said.

Records show 2016 was 1.7 degrees above the 20th century average.

"One point seven doesn't sound like a lot, but if you think about setting your household thermostat two degrees hotter, your life would change," Arndt said.

He said two degrees could change whether or not you feel cold, comfortable or hot.

Arndt said the trend is for more extreme heat and torrential rain with less extreme cold. He said this creates a need for more energy use and makes it harder on animals, including humans, to live.

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