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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record

While it may not seem like it was the warmest year here in Florida it was for the world. In the contiguous United States, 2010 was the 14th consecutive year with an annual temperature above the long-term average. Since 1895, the temperature across the nation has increased at an average rate of approximately 0.12 F per decade.

Combined global land and ocean annual surface temperatures for 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest period on record at 1.12 F  above average. Africa and Western Asia saw the warmest temperatures. Global ocean surface temperatures for 2010 tied with 2005 as the third warmest on record, at 0.88 F above normal.

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