Sunday, January 22, 2012

2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record

The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists.
Observe an updated analysis that shows temperatures around the globe in 2011 compared to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century.
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2011-temps.html
 The average temperature around the globe in 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline.
"We know the planet is absorbing more energy than it is emitting," said GISS Director James E. Hansen. "So we are continuing to see a trend toward higher temperatures. Even with the cooling effects of a strong La NiƱa influence and low solar activity for the past several years, 2011 was one of the 10 warmest years on record."
temperature graph

Animation can be seen here,
http://www.nasa.gov/mp4/616923main_GISStemperature2011_withColorbar.mp4

Understand  More:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2011-temps.html#
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/


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