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Old 01-24-2006, 02:50 PM
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2005: Warmest year in a century

The following article highlights the warming trend our planet is experiencing. The effects on waters worldwide should be obvious.

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Last Year Was Warmest in a Century By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

NEW YORK - Last year was the warmest in a century, nosing out 1998, a federal analysis concludes.

Researchers calculated that 2005 produced the highest annual average surface temperature worldwide since instrument recordings began in the late 1800s, said James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The result confirms a prediction the institute made in December.

In a telephone interview, Hansen said the analysis estimated temperatures in the Arctic from nearby weather stations because no direct data were available. Because of that, "we couldn't say with 100 percent certainty that it's the warmest year, but I'm reasonably confident that it was," Hansen said.

More important, he said, is that 2005 reached the warmth of 1998 without help of the "El Nino of the century" that pushed temperatures up in 1998.

Over the past 30 years, Earth has warmed a bit more than 1 degree in total, making it about the warmest it's been in 10,000 years, Hansen said. He blamed a buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Jay Lawrimore of the federal government's National Climatic Data Center said his own center's current data suggest 2005 came in a close second to 1998, in part because of how the Arctic was factored in. But he said a forthcoming analysis "will likely show that 2005 is slightly warmer than 1998."
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Thanks for the info as I am looking through some data right now to try to figure out how to present it to make my point..Let us see..hmmm RMS, RSS, 2 or 3 sigma? average or mean..maybe peak well maybe 2dRMS will do
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One of the anomalies that stood out was the virtual disappearance of the pacific coho run, blamed on lack of upwelling of the sea by some and related to the warming of the seas. I am no expert but it's scary stuff.

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No need to worry about the Coho because the escaped Monkey and the many Parrots are doing very well indeed living in the palm trees of South Seattle.
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It has been unseasonably warm here as well....
for the past two weeks daily highs have been in the mid to upper 50's and even some into the 60's.
The only thing keeping me off the water is the 40+ mph winds......

Is it just me or does it seem like late March already?
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