Thursday, November 18, 2010

October 2010 Global Climate Update

October 2010 and Year-to-Date Climate Facts: Additional Information

•October 2010 was the 308th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below average temperatures was February 1985.
•According to NOAA data, the warmest October on record occurred in 2003.
•The year-to-date globally-averaged temperature is virtually tied (with 1998) as the warmest January-through-October on record.
•Breaking the planet down into belts, the Northern Hemisphere tropics (between the Equator and 30°N) had its warmest year-to-date on record. In contrast the polar and near-polar Southern Hemisphere (from 60°S to the South Pole) is registering its 49th coolest (82nd warmest) year-to-date on record.

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