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THURSDAY JANUARY 18 - 2000 YEAR IN REVIEW
Temperature numbers are in from across the globe for last year, and it looks like
the year 2000 will rank right near the top as one of the warmest years on record
Global temperatures in 2000 were about the same as in 1999, roughly seven-tenths of
a degree above the
long-term average. The only years warmer were 1998, 1997, 1995, and
1990. Remarkably, the ten warmest years on record have all occurred since 1983.
So while global temperatures have increased a little more than 1oF over the last century,
more than half of that increase has been in just the last 25 years.
Now all of this talk of warmth might sound a little off-base, considering what a
November and December it was - in fact,
that two-month period was the coldest
November-December on record in the United States.
But it just goes to show that you can't look at only one month, or one country
for that matter, to get a feeling for the pulse of the globe. If you're looking for
global temperature changes, and lots of people are these days, you truly need to
sample the entire earth.