Sounds more kinky than it is.
New data released Wednesday by the government indicates that 2010 was the warmest, wettest year on record (although it shared the “warmest year” title with 2005). “The warmth this year reinforces the notion that we are seeing climate change,” and “unequivocally” disproves notions that climate warming ended in 2005, says David Easterling, chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s scientific services division. Some numbers:
Hottest year on record, globally, in a tie with 2005. It was also the wettest year ever recorded — “no surprise to the Pakistanis, Australians, Tennesseans, and Californians who lived through epic floods,” says Justin Gillis in The New York Times.
Consecutive years that global temperatures have been above the average for the 20th century
Year scientists began keeping records of temperatures “in earnest”
Ranking for 2010 among the hottest years for the United States
Number of the 10 warmest years on record that have taken place since 2000.
Number of U.S. states, out of 50, that currently have snow on the ground. “Whatever the globe is doing, your local weather can have a completely different picture, that’s for sure,” says John Christy, an atmospheric science professor of at the University of Alabama.
More stats here