NOAA: 2010 hottest year on record

Indeed. Last year’s land surface temperature record is shared down to the second decimal with the year 2005, today’s NOAA report states.

Last year the world was 0.62 C hotter than the 20th Century average (13.9°C) – that already includes part of the warming since preindustrial times. According to the leading NASA GISS dataset 1998 [Oops. No. That would in fact be 2009] ranks third. [And 2007 fourth.] All other hottest years in the top 10 are from the 21st Century [supplemented with 1998].

We can only conclude the trend line continues.

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