Despite the cooling influence of La Nina during the early and late part of last year, 2011 will still go down as the 11th warmest year on record globally, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Records go back to 1880.
The global combined land/ocean surface temperature was 0.51 C or 0.92 F above the 20th century average.
However, 2011 will be the coolest year since 2008, but that is not saying much when you look at the long-term trends below.....
The NCDC also stated that 2011 was the second wettest year on record, coming behind 2010.
Images, courtesy of the National Climatic Data Center.
Climate model projections can become quite uncertain at more localized levels.
Arctic sea ice melt season trend this year.
Last month was the warmest of any month on record globally going back to the late 19th century.
Why hasn't global sea level rise accelerated over the past 20+ years?
Researchers recently compiled a new historical record of sea ice extent in the Arctic going back to the mid-19th century.
The annual "State of the Climate" report was just released and the results are quite sobering.