Posts Tagged ‘Climate’

Winter is still cold, but global warming is real

February 11, 2011

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As I scrape the ice off the windshield of my car, and think about whether I need to shovel my driveway again, I am not in the mood to think about the problem of global warming, or even to think of global warming as a problem.

But the facts are what they are.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2010 tied with 2005 for the title the warmest year on record.  Not that every place in the world was exceptionally hot last year, but recorded temperatures on average were as high as in any year from 1880 on.

The third warmest year was 1998, followed by 2003 and 2002 (tied), 2009 and 2006 (tied), 2007, 2004 and 2001.

In other words, the last 10 years included nine of the warmest years on record.  Or, to put it another way, all of the 10 warmest years on record fell in the past 13 years.