"The four warmest years on record have occurred since 2014," editors of the NOAA report wrote in an accompanying executive summary.
NASA had ranked 2017 as the second-warmest on record, while the NOAA and the Japan Meteorological Agency put it as third-warmest; this divergence is due to differing methodologies.
The year 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year on record, the NOAA report noted.
The report also highlighted how the 2017 average global CO2 concentration in the atmosphere — 405 parts per million — is the highest it has been in 38 years of record-taking, also higher than ice-core samples dating back up to 800,000 years.
"The global growth rate of carbon dioxide has nearly quadrupled since the early 1960s," the summary stated.
Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide were also at a record high last year, according to the report.
With regard to the north and south poles, which are warming faster than the rest of the planet, the Arctic saw its sea ice coverage reach its smallest annual maximum in 2017, while in Antarctica, overall sea ice was well below the average of the past several decades.
Also, the global average sea level rise increased to a new record high, at 7.7 centimeters (3 inches) above the average from 1993, which is when satellite altimetry started.
In 2017, US President Donald Trump announced the country would pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, a global framework intended to limit global warming to maximum 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The US is the only country in the world to not be a party to the landmark agreement.
The annual report runs more than 300 pages long and includes the contributions of 500 researchers from 65 countries.