Jan 12, 2011

NOAA: 2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record

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NOAA
Global surface temperature anomalies for 2010.  (Credit: NOAA)
Global surface temperature anomalies for 2010. (Credit: NOAA)

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.