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NASA cites 2009 as second-warmest year on record

 Posted by on January 26, 2010
Jan 262010

From Green Right Now Reports

Image Credit: NASA/GISS

Image Credit: NASA/GISS

If 2009 left you a little hot under the collar, there was more to that feeling than job losses, bankruptcies and foreclosures.

Turns out it actually was pretty hot out there.

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2009 tied for the second-warmest year on record, trailing only 2005. In the southern hemisphere, ’09 was the warmest year since the inception of record-keeping in 1880.

The NASA report confirmed predictions made in a study issued by the World Meteorological Association late last year.

In all, 2009 finished tied with five other years (four from the 2000s) for the second-warmest year ever. With so many of the hottest years in that decade, the period between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2009 became the warmest on record.

“The (yearly) ranking often misses the point,” Dr. James Hansen, GISS director, said in a press release. “There’s substantial year-to-year variability of global temperature caused by the tropical El Nino-La Nina cycle. When we average temperature over five or ten years to minimize that variability, we find global warming is continuing unabated.”