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World sizzles to
record for the year
Posted 3h 51m ago
By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY
The world is hotter than ever.
March, April, May and June set records, making
2010 the warmest year worldwide since record-
keeping began in 1880, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration says.
"It's part of an overall trend," says Jay Lawrimore,
climate analysis chief at NOAA's National Climatic
Data Center. "Global temperatures ... have been
rising for the last 100-plus years. Much of the
increase is due to increases in greenhouse gases."
There were exceptions: June was cooler than
average across Scandinavia, southeastern China,
and the northwestern USA, according to NOAA's
If nothing changes, Lawrimore predicts:
Flooding rains like those in Nashville in May will
be more common.
"The atmosphere is able to hold more water as it
warms, and greater water content leads to greater
downpours," he says.
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Heavy snow, like the record snows that crippled
Baltimore and Washington last winter, is likely to
increase because storms are moving north. Also, the
Great Lakes aren't freezing as early or as much. "As
cold outbreaks occur, cold air goes over the Great
Lakes, picks up moisture and dumps on the
Northeast," he says.
Droughts are likely to be more severe and heat
waves more frequent.
More arctic ice will disappear, speeding up
warming, as the Arctic Ocean warms "more than
would happen if the sea ice were in place," he says.
Arctic sea ice was at a record low in June.
Marc Morano, a global-warming skeptic who edits
the Climate Depot website, says the government "is
playing the climate fear card by hyping predictions
and cherry-picking data."
Joe D'Aleo, a meteorologist who co-founded The
By Saul Young, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, via AP
Kenadee Carpenter throws water on Trey Dougherty in Knoxville.
Weather Channel, disagrees, too. He says oceans are
entering a cooling cycle that will lower
He says too many of the weather stations NOAA uses
are in warmer urban areas.
"The only reliable data set right now is satellite,"
He says NASA satellite data shows the average
temperature in June was 0.43 degrees higher than
normal. NOAA says it was 1.22 degrees higher.
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