2006 is the warmest year on record

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2006 is the warmest year on record

Horray, something good is happening, errr .. maybe not.


A surprising Arctic warm spell is responsible for a 2005 that was likely the warmest year since instrument recordings began in the late 1800s, a leading researcher said Tuesday in describing a new federal analysis.

James Hansen, director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said the analysis had to estimate temperatures in the Arctic from nearby weather stations because no direct data were available.

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We couldn't say with 100 percent certainty thats the warmest year, but Im reasonably confident that it was.

Hansen noted that 2005 edged out the prior record year, 1998, without help of the El Niņo of the century that pushed temperatures up in 1998. El Niņos are ocean currents that can impact weather globally.

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Record warmth in 2005 is notable, because global temperature has not received any boost from a tropical El Nino. On the contrary, was lifted 0.2°C above the trend line by El Niņo.

Over the past 30 years, Earth has warmed a bit more than 1 degree Fahrenheit in total, making it about the warmest its been in 10,000 years, Hansen said. He blamed a buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.

Jay Lawrimore of the federal governments National Climatic Data Center said his own center;s current data suggest 2005 came in a close second to 1998, in part because of how the Arctic was factored in. But he said a forthcoming analysis will likely show that 2005 is slightly warmer than 1998
By netchicken: posted on 27-1-2006

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