• The Sun has been at its minimum for sunspots during 2010 and 2011 yet according to NASA and NOAA 2010 was almost the hottest year on record.

    “2010 has tied with 2005 as the hottest year on record, according to two new studies. On January 12 NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their independent analyses of global surface temperature data for last year. Both found that 2010 was ever-so-slightly warmer than 2005. But the difference was not statistically large enough to declare 2010 the winner.

    The warmth of 2010 is “not surprising, considering that global surface temperatures have been climbing,” says Deke Arndt, chief of the climate monitoring branch of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The last decade has been the warmest since record-keeping began in 1880.

    The baseline is getting warmer and warmer every year according to NOAA. 2010 was the 34th year in a row in which global temperatures were higher than the 20th century average.

    Schmidt predicts that 2011 will not be as toasty as 2010 was, in part because of the La Niña that is currently cooling things down. But because levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases continue to rise in the atmosphere, “it’s almost certain to still be a top-10 year,” he says. “Maybe even a top-five year.”

    The part about 34 years in a row above the average is something that would make any Six Sigma guru sit up and take notice. Is global warming really dead?

    June 14, 2011 at 11:14 p.m.

  • Sounds to me like we're going to catch hell over all this global warming. Maybe we need a little ice age to cool things down.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.