2010 By The Numbers

Jeff Masters surveys the global weather for 2010.

First, 2010 is tied with 2005 for the warmest year in the historical record.

Here are the departures from “normal” on a Mercator projection.

Earth’s warmest temperatures in 2010, relative to average, occurred in western Greenland and eastern Canada, where record-duration sea ice loss contributed to temperatures that were 9°F (5°C) above average for the year

2010 was also the wettest year ever recorded.

And all of the above records were broken during a solar minimum.

The 2010 record warmth was unusual in that it occurred during a period when energy from the sun was at its lowest levels since satellite measurements began in the 1970s. … It is very difficult to get a record warm year during a deep solar minimum, making the 2010 record one likely to be broken later this decade as the sun begins to exert a greater warming influence on the planet.

Wunder Blog : Weather Underground

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