warmoctbritainThis year is almost certain to be the warmest that our planet has seen since at least 1880, according to new data released Thursday. Earth had its warmest October on record and warmest January through October period, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This new data confirms previously released information from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency, but goes a step further by showing just how difficult it would be for 2014 to avoid setting an all-time temperature record. In order for 2014 to come up short of the warmest year on record title, the months of November and December would each have to be colder than the 10th-warmest such months on record, according to Deke Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring division at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, North Carolina. More