NASA Research Found the Year 2010 Warmest on Record

According to the NASA research analysis released on 12 January 2011, the year 2010 was recorded as warmest on record since 1880.

Created On: Jan 28, 2011 12:42 ISTModified On: Mar 12, 2011 15:15 IST

According to the NASA research analysis released on 12 January 2011, the year 2010 was recorded as warmest on record since 1880.  The NASA research put the years 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and2009 as the next warmest.  In fact the year 2010 was tied with 2005 as the warmest year and the last decade was recorded as the warmest.


NASA research analysis discovered that the year 2010 was 1.34 F warmer than the average global surface temperature from 1951 to 1980. The global temperature trend shows that the global climate has become warmer by 0.36 F per decade since the late 1970s. Despite the La Nina weather conditions, which brings, cool sea surface temperatures to the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, the year 2010 was recorded as the warmest.


NASA research analysis is not only based on the compilation of weather data from more than 1000 meteorological stations across the world but also took into account the satellite observations of sea surface temperature and the measurements done by the Antarctic research station. The global temperature recorded by the NASA team matched the data recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate Data Center and the Met Office Hadley Centre in UK (United Kingdom). 

   
In addition, NASA research analysis discovered that seven of the last 10 European winters were warmer than the average from 1951 to 1980. The unusual cold in the past two winters made scientists to think that whether this phenomenon is related to sea ice changes. The scientists explained that the sea ice acts as an insulator in protecting the atmosphere from the ocean’s heat. In the absence of sea ice, the heat can escape into the atmosphere, which in turn results into the increase of local surface temperatures. Regions in Northeast Canada were 18 degrees warmer than normal.


NASA research analysis at Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York showed that in 2010, global temperatures continued to rise. NASA research analysis was done at Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York.

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