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2011 Set to Become 10th Warmest Year on Record, 321st Consecutive Month Temps Higher than Average

2011 was a record year for extreme weather. It’s also set to become the 10th warmest year since record-keeping began in 1850. November temperatures in the UK, France and globally were among the warmest on record, according to meteorological authorities. Arctic sea ice extent was the third lowest since record-keeping began, while La Nina conditions continued in the Pacific, which doesn’t bode well for spring rains in the US southwest.

Temperature anomalies for June 2010 - courtesy NOAA

NOAA: Warmest June on Record – 2010 on Track for Hottest Year

In their monthly analysis just released of global land and ocean surface temperature data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that June 2010 was the hottest on record. The average combined land and ocean surface temperatures for the period from April to June was the warmest on record, and year-to-date (January to June) is the second warmest, behind 2007. The…

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