Could 2010 Be The Warmest On Record?

Ask anyone out there, and they’ll tell you, this past weekend was a warm on. Perhaps a little “too warm”. The latest global weather data coming in is suggesting that 2010 could go down as the warmest year on record. Surpassing 1998 as the warmest. The map below is nothing new (if you’re a regular reader fo the weather blog section). But, if you’re not sure what you’re seeing, then let’s break it down. The red circle shows us where temperatures were above normal, the blue, below normal. The bigger the circle, the more extreme the temperatures were. SO, for the year, this is what we’re seeing:

The biggest departure from normal temperatures were easy to find. Northern North America/ aka Canada, and The Mediterranean saw the warmest temperatures. As for Oklahoma, after a frigid start to the year where temperatures were consistently below normal (we had a big blue circle over us once), we are now seeing the blue replaced with red. So, how did the August heat wave impact the temperatures? Apparently it had a HUGE impact! The 3rd warmest August on record.  Here is the same map, but for August only:

That sure is a big red circle over Oklahoma. And check out The Pacific Ocean, if you weren’t sure whether or not La Nina (the cooling of the ocean waters) was occurring, then this map right here should show you that we are seeing La Nina already have an impact on our weather. How? The Pacific Northwest will usually see cooler than normal temperatures while The Southern Plains will experience warmer than normal temperatures. It’s true that we usually don’t see the real impacts La Nina can have until the winter season, but already, we’re seeing the onset of it occur.

The average global temperature for the year is 1.61 degrees above the 20th century average.



2 Responses

  1. This is what happens when you reverse the El Nino people. Remember that water temperatures have a tremendous impact on global temperatures. 1998 was also following a big El Nino.

    By this time next year you’ll be seeing a lot more blue on that map and less red. just watch.

    • Thanks Zach for the response. Keep in mind though, this map is not comparing temperatures from last year to this year. This is comparing temperatures over a span of time. And while La Nina has a huge impact on our weather, what will really be a good sign of the state of the climate is when we can see a prolonged period of where we’re in a neutral phase, and when there is no talk of El Nino and La Nina!

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