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Warmest Equal Year Ends Warmest Decade On Record

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Analysis of global temperature data released from three climate centres overnight show that 2010 was tied as the warmest year on record. Dr Salinger, from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Hobart, Tasmania noted that the climate records from three independent climate centres monitoring global climate have 2010 tied for first place. 'Records from the Hadley Centre/Climatic Research Unit (United Kingdom) or HadCRUT3 place 2010 tied with 1998 at 0.52 deg C above the 1961-1990 average, those from the National Climate Data Center of the National Oceanic and Aeronautic Administration (NOAA) in USA at 0.54 deg C above, not significantly higher than the 0.52 deg C in 2005, and Goddard Institute for Space Science of NASA 0.58 deg C above, and also not significantly higher than 0.56 deg C in 2005' said Dr Salinger. 'The three sources of global mean temperature analysis shows that the globe continues to warm with nine of the top ten years occurring between 2001 and 2010. Global average temperatures for the decade 2001 to 2010 were 0.44 deg C above the 1961 to 1990 average for HadCRUT3, making it the warmest decade on record going back to 1850.' 'The average for 1991 to 2000 was 0.24 deg C, the second warmest decade' said Dr Salinger. 'The temperature records show the climate has warmed by about 0.2 deg C per decade from 1980.'

NOAA's analysis shows that the areas which were most above average in 2010 were Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Bureau of Meteorology analysis has 2010 in Australia being cooler than the last eight at +0.19 deg C above average. The New Zealand figure of +0.5 deg C was fifth warmest on record. In Australasia 2001 to 2010 was the warmest decade on record.

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