A year of extremes
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Cool La Niña conditions that persisted much of the year in the Pacific didn’t prevent 2011 from becoming the 11th-warmest year on record for planet Earth (tied with 1997), and the warmest La Niña year on record. Measured by land-surface temperatures along, 2011 was the eighth-warmest year on record.
The annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.92 degrees above the 20th century average of 57.0 degrees. Global temperatures have been above average every year since 1976. The warmest years on record were 2010 and 2005, which were 1.15 degrees above average, according to the National Climatic Data Center’s annual report, released this week. (more…)
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