NOAA: Year-to-Date Global Temperature Ties for Warmest on Record

Arctic sea ice reaches its third lowest minimum extent on record

October 15, 2010

Temperature Anomolies, September 2010.

Temperature Anomolies, September 2010

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The first nine months of 2010 tied with the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record. The global average land surface temperature for January-September was the second warmest on record, behind 2007. The global ocean surface temperature for January–September was also the second warmest on record, behind 1998.

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Global Temperature Highlights

Temperature Anomolies, January - September 2010.

Temperature Anomolies, January - September 2010

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Additional Information

September 2010 Global State of the Climate – Supplemental Figures & Information