The planet has had its warmest 12-month period on record… again. In what has become a familiar refrain in the world of climatology, land and ocean temperatures during May 2014 to April 2015 were the warmest they’ve been in any 12-month period, tying the record set just last month, according to new data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Data from two other centers that track global temperatures, NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency, confirm NOAA’s overall findings, though each agency’s rankings may differ slightly.In addition, NOAA found that the year-to-date is the warmest January through April period on record, keeping 2015 on pace to equal or eclipse the record set just last year. The month of April was the third-warmest on record for the globe, NOAA said, which was a slight dip in ranking from the record warmest March. FULL REPORT