Global Temperature Variation (up, Up, UP)

From the Guardian, UK… play this clip.

2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record, new figures show. This animation displays a progression of changing global surface temperatures anomalies from 1880 to 2012. Higher than normal temperatures are shown in red and lower than normal temperatures are shown in blue. Global surface temperature in 2012 was +0.55°C (1F) warmer than the 1951-1980 base period average, despite much of the year being affected by a strong La Niña

Gobal Surface Temperature Keeps Rising: Japan Meteorlogical Agency

21 December 2010
Japan Meteorological Agency

Global Temperature in 2010 Most Likely Second Warmest
(preliminary)

The annual anomaly of the global average surface temperature in 2010 (i.e., the average of the near-surface air temperature over land and the sea surface temperature) is estimated at 0.36°C* above normal (based on the 1971 – 2000 average), most likely to become the second warmest record since 1891 (Figure 1, Table 1).

* Note: This value (hence its rank in the record, either) is subject to change, because at the moment of this announcement it is only a preliminary result that was calculated based on temperature observations for the period of January to November in 2010.

High temperature deviations were noticeable especially in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, in addition to most of the land surface over the world except in Central Asia (Figure 2).

On a longer time scale, the annual global average surface temperature has been rising at a rate of about 0.68°C per century.

The average temperature over land is expected to hit the warmest record.

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