• Steve@communick.news
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    6 days ago

    “The hottest year on record”.
    This is becoming a joke, right?
    Practically every year is the hottest on record now. It’s kind of lost significance, when it’s generally a good bet next year will be hotter.

    • 2010
    • 2014
    • 2015 / 2022
    • 2016
    • 2017
    • 2018 / 2021
    • 2019
    • 2020
    • 2023
    • 2024 (so far)
    • 2025 (probably)

    Edited for clarity.
    Citation

    • orca@orcas.enjoying.yachts
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      Everything I come across says that 2023 was the hottest year on record so far, but I don’t know the source of this info and I’ve never seen the list you provided.

      • The Quuuuuill@slrpnk.net
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        At this point, if I understand the data correctly, the planet would need to get dangerously cold for the remainder of the year to not go down as the hottest year on record

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        I edited the list trying to make it more clear.

        The point is, most years since 2014 have been “The hottest year on record.” It’s kind of lost significance as as an outlier, when it’s generally a good bet next year will be hotter.

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          @Steve It does sound geeky, but yes, it is technically correct to say about a year that is the hottest year on record.

          And the fact you pointed that every single year becomes the hottest year on record makes it even more dangerous and shows that we need to take proper measures.

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          Yeah, it would be good to word it more precisely. Hearing the same phrase every year doesn’t have the impact they think it does. I’m kinda curious as to what would sound better 🤔

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      It makes sense to say “the hottest year on record” if “practically every year is the hottest on record now” and you’re talking about the most recent year.

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        Does it make more or less sense than “Another year of record breaking heat”?

        “Hottest year on record” is like a child stopping on each step of a staircase saying, “I’ve never been this high!” It’s correct, but doesn’t mean much in context, and gets old real quick.

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      Constant headlines about “the hottest ever” are getting stale. Takes the meaning out hearing it over and over and over.

      Sounds like mom, “it’s the hottest/coldest day of the summer/winter!” Yeah mom, it’s the hottest or coldest day many, many times a year.

      I’m also tired of, “smashed records!”, when it was 1 or 2 degrees over the record.

      Don’t know how else to report it, but people are letting these headlines go in one ear and out the other. There’s no real impact to the reader.