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'Very Likely' 2016 Will Be Warmest Year Yet

World Meteorological Organization says temps were 1.58 degrees hotter than baseline average

(Newser) - Scientists have only the first nine months on the books, but that data is enough to indicate that 2016 may be the world's warmest year yet, the BBC reports. A World Meteorological Organization statement published Monday relayed that from January through September of this year, global temps were 1.... More »

WHO No Longer Thinks Coffee Will Give You Cancer

Unless it's served above 149 degrees

(Newser) - Celebrate the latest news from the WHO with a cup of joe: The organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer is set to reverse its rating of coffee as "possibly carcinogenic" Wednesday, noting there is "inadequate evidence" linking the beverage to cancers of the bladder, pancreas, and... More »

Spare a Cool Thought for India After Hottest Day Ever

It hit 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday in Rajasthan state

(Newser) - A city in the Indian state of Rajasthan just broke the mercury and recorded the country's highest temperature ever, the Guardian reports. Per a director in the nation's meteorological department, Phalodi reached 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 123.1 degrees set in... More »

Think Circumcised Penises Are Less Sensitive? Think Again

Scientists put the myth to the test, find 'no significant differences'

(Newser) - Men who are circumcised as infants are no less sensitive than those who keep their foreskin. At least this is what Queen's University scientists are reporting in the Journal of Urology after testing 62 men between the ages of 18 and 37, half of whom had been circumcised as... More »

It's Never Hit 70 in Alaska in March— Until Now

71 degrees, actually, thanks to a high-pressure air mass coming through

(Newser) - Alaska has experienced some unusual natural phenomena lately—including a burping volcano and a desperate need for snow —and it just took another turn into some more weather-related weirdness. Per the Alaska Dispatch News , the mercury at an airport in Southeast Alaska registered at 71 degrees on Thursday, which... More »

Our Nights Are Getting Warmer Even Faster Than Our Days

And scientists think they know why

(Newser) - Bad news for people who enjoy a chilly pillow while they sleep: Our nights are heating up much more quickly than our days. According to a press release from Uni Research, the number of very cold nights has dropped by 50% over the past 50 years, while the number of... More »

Best Way to Take Temperature Not the Most Pleasant

But if you want to be sure about the numbers, rectal is the way to go

(Newser) - In what STAT describes as an "exhaustive" 24-page report, there's one type of thermometer that rises above the rest when it comes to gauging body temperature. Rectal thermometers remain the "gold standard" for getting the most accurate reading, HealthDay News reports, even though "it's no... More »

Antarctica May Have Hit Its Highest Temperature Ever

Readings at 2 separate stations reportedly reached the low 60s

(Newser) - A recently published study and two weather station readings suggest that Antarctica may be exhibiting the effects of global warming, the Guardian reports. A March 24 reading at the Esperanza Base south of Argentina registered a balmy 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than 30 degrees above average for... More »

2014 Hottest Year in History

That's 38 straight years of above-average temperatures

(Newser) - It's getting to be a familiar storyline of late: We've got a new "hottest year on record" in the books for planet Earth. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agree that 2014 set the mark, though they differ slightly in the specifics—it was... More »

Study: Being Cold Is Contagious

Study gives 'catching cold' new meaning

(Newser) - Struggling to keep warm this winter? You may want to avoid other people who look cold: A new study published in PLOS ONE suggests humans experience "temperature contagion." Subjects saw their own temperatures sink after watching videos of people putting their hands in chilly water, per a press... More »

Forecast in Every State: Freezing

Much of country won't warm up until weekend

(Newser) - It's expected to be freezing today … in every state. In what the Weather Channel calls an arctic surge, cold air moving south and east is behind the phenomenon. The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes may see one of the region's longest-ever sub-freezing periods in November, while Buffalo,... More »

Rising Temperatures Also Bring ... Kidney Stones?

Researchers see a link, thanks to dehydration

(Newser) - Climate change has taken blame for everything from the demise of penguins to a predicted guacamole shortage . Now, you can add kidney stones to that list. An Environmental Health Perspectives study finds that rising temperatures increase the risk of kidney stones, reports Science World Report . Researchers looked at 60,000... More »

Still-Icy Great Lakes Take a Big Toll

Shipping, wildlife held back by late melting

(Newser) - This winter saw the second-largest recorded ice cover on the Great Lakes, and the five lakes still haven't fully melted. As of April 10, the Atlantic Cities notes, they remained nearly half frozen over; typically, it's about 3% at this time of year, an expert tells Accuweather . All... More »

Bundle Up: Polar Vortex Returns for an Encore

Frigid weather just won't let up

(Newser) - The wait for spring isn't getting any easier. The northern US is in for more Arctic chills, LiveScience reports. While it won't be the season's coldest weather in absolute terms, it could be the coldest compared to what's normal for this time of year, an expert... More »

Actually, That Was the 4th-Warmest January Ever

And the 347th straight month above 20th-century averages

(Newser) - This may be hard to believe if you live in the Eastern US, but that was the fourth-warmest January ever for the overall planet, the New York Times reports. The Goddard Institute for Space Studies actually pegs it as the third warmest since 1880, behind only 2002 and 2003, according... More »

Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US

Philadelphia gets a record 8 inches

(Newser) - It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN . Yesterday,... More »

LA Braces for 'Life-Threatening' Heat

City could see record temperatures: National Weather Service

(Newser) - From tomorrow through Monday, the Los Angeles area is in for stifling heat, the National Weather Service says. "Life-threatening" temperatures could break records as they enter the triple digits, with Antelope Valley facing potential 115-degree heat. Los Angeles County is opening 89 cooling centers, the Los Angeles Times reports,... More »

Australia Too Hot —for Its Own Weather Map

New colors added as officials warn of 'catastrophic' weather

(Newser) - Australia is suffering a heat wave so blistering that officials have been forced to add new colors to the country's weather map. Purple and pink are now representing temperatures upward of 122 degrees, which could arrive on Sunday and Monday, reports the Sydney Morning Herald , which has the map.... More »

Hottest Temp Ever Created by Man: 7 Trillion Degrees

Physicists produced it during quest to learn more about Big Bang

(Newser) - A team of New York physicists has managed to smash gold ions into a quark-gluon plasma much like the one believed to have existed in the milliseconds after the Big Bang—and in the process broken the Guinness World Record for the hottest man-made temperature ever recorded. The plasma hit... More »

US Has Hottest Spring Ever

It was 5 degrees above average

(Newser) - It's been the hottest spring ever in the contiguous US—by far: The months of March, April, and May clocked in at two degrees warmer than the previous record. With an average temperature of 57.1 degrees, it was five degrees hotter than the average spring. At 64.3... More »

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