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Archive for January 23rd, 2010

2000-2009 Warmest Decade on Record

Posted by feww on January 23, 2010

January 2000 to December 2009 the warmest decade on record

In an earlier post:

Year 2009 was the 2nd warmest year on record, NASA GISS reported. As for the overall global temperatures, the year was only marginally cooler than 2005, the warmest on record (modern records began in 1880), sharing joint 2nd position with the years 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007, GISS analysis show.

Temperature anomalies for 2009. Acquired January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009

Temperature anomalies for 2000–2009 acquired January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2009

These maps illustrate just how much warmer temperatures were in 2009 (top image) and the decade (2000-2009, lower image) compared to average temperatures recorded between 1951 and 1980 (a common reference period for climate studies). In both images, the most extreme warming, shown in red, was in the Arctic. Very few areas saw cooler than average temperatures, shown in blue in both time periods. Gray areas over Africa and parts of the Southern Ocean are places where temperatures were not recorded. NASA images by Robert Simmon, based on data from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Caption by Adam Voiland and Holli Riebeek. Edited by FEWW.

The map shows temperature changes for the last decade — January 2000 to December 2009 — relative to the 1951-1980 mean. Warmer areas are in red, cooler areas in blue. The largest temperature increases occurred in the Arctic and a portion of Antarctica. (Image credit: NASA). Click Image to enlarge.

Except for a leveling off between the 1940s and 1970s, Earth’s surface temperatures have increased since 1880. The last decade has brought the temperatures to the highest levels ever recorded. The graph shows global annual surface temperatures relative to 1951-1980 mean temperatures. As shown by the red line, long-term trends are more apparent when temperatures are averaged over a five year period. (Image credit: NASA).
Click Image to enlarge.

As seen by the blue point farthest to the right on this graph, 2009 was the warmest year on record in the Southern Hemisphere. (Image credit: NASA).  Click Image to enlarge.

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The Storms Attack on California

Posted by feww on January 23, 2010

California Buffeted by Severe Storms

Several days of severe storms brought high winds and heavy rains to California, causing flooding, power outages and mudslides. Above image is a GOES-MODIS composite taken on January 20. Credit NASA.

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What Cyclone Magda Looked Like

Posted by feww on January 23, 2010

Tropical Cyclone Magda Making Landfall

Tropical Cyclone Magda made landfall at 01:35UTC on January 22 in northern West Australia. Image captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Magda was expected to dissipate quickly over land this weekend. Credit NASA.

Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone OLGA, forecast to be near 16.1S 147.6E, moving  at 24 km/h (13 knots),  270 degrees, continued to strengthen gradually.

  • Max sustained winds forecast at 12:00UTC
    on 23 January: 93 km/h
  • Gusts: 120 km/h

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Google China Censorship

Posted by feww on January 23, 2010

Hilary Clinton, Eat Google!

Clinton to China: Do as we say, NOT as we do!

Thought for the Day:

If Google China censorship in China is done to appease the Chinese government, who or what is Google, Inc (the Internet Mafia) appeasing by filtering, blocking and burying certain information posted on Fire-Earth (this Blog)?

Mrs Clinton to Chinese Government:  (Pointing by one hand) What you are asking Google to do is suppression of democracy;  (pointing by the other hand) Google censorship in the US and rest of the ‘free world’
is for our own good. Google is trying to protect our way of life. Image source unknown. Image may be subject to copyright.

See Also:

Google’s Top 10 List of ‘Holy Cows’


News, information and analysis of public value on the blogs listed below are also censored, blocked or buried, by Google, Inc.

Note: The above image incorporates the Google logo, which is a trade mark of that disgraceful corporation. Click image to enlarge!

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Google says their motto is “Do No Evil!” yet most of their immoral earnings come from predatory advertising, and their corporate practice is suppression of information!

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December Ocean Temperature 2nd Warmest

Posted by feww on January 23, 2010

Overall 2009 Annual Temperatures Joint Fifth-Warmest

The 2009 December global ocean temperature was  the second warmest on record, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The map shows temperature changes for the last decade — January 2000 to December 2009 — relative to the 1951-1980 mean. Warmer areas are in red, cooler areas in blue. The largest temperature increases occurred in the Arctic and a portion of Antarctica. (Image credit: NASA). Click image to enlarge.

The overall 2009 annual temperatures was a joint fifth-warmest, their records show.

“Based on records going back to 1880, the monthly NCDC analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides. Scientists also reported the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the eighth warmest on record for December,” according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

  • Global temperatures in 2009  tied with 2006 as the fifth-warmest on record.
  • The planet’s land surface temperatures in 2009 tied with 2003 as  seventh-warmest.
  • The overall annual ocean surface temperatures were fourth-warmest, joint position with 2002 and 2004.

Highlights for December 2009

The global ocean temperature was the second warmest on record, trailing 1997.

  • The temp anomaly was about one degree F (0.97ºF) above the 20th century average of 60.4ºF.
  • Global land and ocean surface temperatures combined were the eighth warmest since 1880, at 0.88ºF above the 20th century average of 54.0ºF.
  • The global land surface temperature was 0.63ºF above the 20th century average of 38.7ºF—the coolest December anomaly since 2002.

Global Temperature Highlights for 2009

  • In 2009, the annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 1.01ºF above the 20th century average of 58.0ºF sharing joint fifth-warmest position with 2006.

The average decadal temperature for the 2000-09 decade was 57.9ºF, the warmest on record topping the 1990-99 average by 0.02ºF, NCDC scientists said.

Other Heat Highlights

  • December Arctic sea ice cover was  an average of 12.4 million km² (4.8 million square miles),  falling 6.6 percent below the 1979-2000 average extent and the fourth lowest December extent since 1979, when records began.
  • “Antarctic sea ice extent in December was 2.1 percent above the 1979-2000 average, resulting in the 14th largest December extent on record. December Arctic sea ice extent has decreased by 3.3 percent per decade since 1979, while December Antarctic sea ice extent has increased by 0.6 percent per decade over the same period.”
  • Snow cover in Northern Hemisphere during December 2009 was the second largest on record, chasing 1985. “North American snow cover for December 2009 was the largest extent since satellite records began in 1967.”

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