NASA Research Finds 2010 Tied for Warmest Year on Record January 13, 2011 : 6:11 PM

NASA confirmed today what many scientists and people around the world already suspected, 2010 was one of the warmest years on record. They said,

"Global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released Wednesday by researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York."

"The two years differed by less than 0.018 degrees Fahrenheit. The difference is smaller than the uncertainty in comparing the temperatures of recent years, putting them into a statistical tie. In the new analysis, the next warmest years are 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009, which are statistically tied for third warmest year. The GISS records begin in 1880."

"'If the warming trend continues, as is expected, if greenhouse gases continue to increase, the 2010 record will not stand for long,' said James Hansen, the director of GISS".

"The analysis produced at GISS is compiled from weather data from more than 1000 meteorological stations around the world, satellite observations of sea surface temperature and Antarctic research station measurements. "