Substantial indeed. 2017 heat made the headlines
today. Climate experts were planning for a cooler year than 2015 & 2016. And they were shocked. As much as I like XC in the winter, I'm selling all my beautiful Rossignols with Salomon Pilot bindings for cents on the dollar. Finding a buyer these days unfortunately seems like an application of 'the greater fool' theory. :-)
OSLO — Last year was the third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean.
Average surface temperatures in 2017 were 1.1 degree Celsius (2.0 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, creeping towards 1.5C, the most ambitious limit for global warming set by almost 200 nations under the Paris climate agreement.
2017 was indistinguishable from 2015 as the second or third warmest year behind 2016, and made 2017 "the warmest year without an El Niño" in records dating back to the late 19th century.....