Introducing “2010 Global Temperature Watch”

There’s a good chance that 2010 will be the warmest year in the global surface temperature record. So I figured it’s worth keeping an eye on global temperatures this year. I’ll be posting regular updates on a new page called “2010 Global Temperature Watch”.

Here’s a sample:

16 April 2010

According to NCDC, the global temperature for March 2010 was 0.77°C above the 20th century average — not only the warmest March, but also the third highest anomaly on record for any month.

17 April 2010

The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland is not expected to affect global temperature as the ash did not rise high enough to get into the stratosphere.

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  1. NOAA: 2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record

    January 12, 2011

    According to NOAA scientists, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, beginning in 1880.

    This was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average. For the contiguous United States alone, the 2010 average annual temperature was above normal, resulting in the 23rd warmest year on record.
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    NASA Research Finds 2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record

    January 12, 2011

    Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Wednesday by researchers at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
    GISS temperature data graph

    In 2010, global temperatures continued to rise. A new analysis from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record, and was part of the warmest decade on record. (Image credit: NASA/Earth Observatory/Robert Simmon)
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    The two years differed by less than 0.018 degrees Fahrenheit. The difference is smaller than the uncertainty in comparing the temperatures of recent years, putting them into a statistical tie.

    In the new analysis, the next warmest years are 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009, which are statistically tied for third warmest year. The GISS records begin in 1880.

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