Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jan.-July 2010 Warmest on Record for the Globe

Headline: "It was the warmest January–July on record (1880-2010 = 131 years) for the global land and ocean temperature".

Year-to-date (January–July) Summary: (from NCDC State of the Climate)

The January–July 2010 map of temperature anomalies shows that anomalous warm temperatures were present over much of the world, with the exception of cooler-than-average conditions across the higher-latitude southern oceans, the northern Pacific Ocean, along the western South American coast, Mongolia, and central Russia. The combined global average land and ocean surface temperature for January–July period was the warmest such period on record. This value is 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average. Separately, the average worldwide land surface temperature ranked as the warmest on record, while the worldwide average ocean surface temperature ranked as the second warmest January–July on record—behind 1998.

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