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Globally, 2011 will go down as Warm and Wet

January 30, 2012; 3:49 PM ET


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.


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