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Global cooling? The world is still warming says US agency

New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows warming trend continued in 2013

According to NOAA most areas of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures in 2013 (Pic: NOAA)

According to NOAA most areas of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures in 2013 (Pic: NOAA)

By Alex Kirby

People who argue that global warming has stopped and the Earth’s average temperature has not risen this century should perhaps read no further.

US scientists say 2013 was the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880.

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says in its Global Analysis of the last year that 2013 ties with 2003 as globally the fourth warmest year on record.

The annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.62°C above the 20th century average of 13.9°C, marking the 37th consecutive year (since 1976) that the yearly global temperature was above average.

The warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C above average. Including 2013, nine of the 10 warmest years in the 134-year period recorded have occurred in the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century – 1998 – was warmer than 2013.

The 2013 global average ocean temperature (0.48°C) was the highest since 2010, the last time El Niño conditions were present in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. El Niño is a periodic weather disruption in the eastern Pacific which affects conditions over thousands of miles.

The NCDC says global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.06°C per decade since 1880 and at 0.16°C per decade since 1970: “…For 2013 as a whole, most regions across the globe were warmer than average,” it adds.

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Regionally, it says, most of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures in 2013.

Over land, parts of central Asia, western Ethiopia, eastern Tanzania, and much of southern and western Australia experienced record warmth. Only part of the central United States was cooler than average over land.

Parts of the Arctic Ocean, a large swathe of the south-western Pacific Ocean and parts of the central Pacific, and an area of the central Indian Ocean also set new records for warmth.

Small regions scattered across the eastern Pacific and an area in the Southern Ocean south of South America were cooler than average. No part of the world experienced record cold in 2013.

Perhaps surprisingly for anyone who thinks of the last twelve months as memorable chiefly for the amount of rain that fell, the NCDC says precipitation measured at land-based stations around the globe was near average on balance for 2013, at just 0.31 mm above the long-term average.

However, it adds prudently: “As is typical, precipitation varied greatly from region to region. This is the second consecutive year with near-average global precipitation at land-based stations.”

Taking 2013 as a whole, it acknowledges that some regions were cooler than usual. But it says: “In summary for 2013 as a whole, most regions across the globe were warmer than average.

“Notably, Australia observed its warmest year since national records began in 1910, at 1.20°C above average and 0.17°C higher than the previous record warmest such period in 2005. New Zealand recorded its third warmest year since its national records began in 1909.”

This article was produced by the Climate News Network

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  • Donald Ciesielski

    What would be interesting to see would be the percentile difference of what the temperatures were predicted to be by the IPCC for this century.

  • No Global Warming 16 Years

    In fact the data shows there has been no statistically significant warming for the past 16+ years, i.e. global warming stopped 16+ years ago



  • GeraldWilhite

    What gives? This article has no documentation. It appears to be fraudulent. NASA and NOAA say Global warming has been in a pause since 1997, for 17 years. or longer.


  • Hockey Schtick

    No doubt you will delete this comment as well, which will then be added to the following post:


    Why don’t you allow a comment on peer-reviewed research published in Nature Climate Change, by lead author Dr. John Fyfe [Co-Chairman of the IPCC], stating that there has been no statistically-significant global warming for the past 20 years?

  • Guenier

    This report is wholly misleading.

    Have a careful look at this table (as published by the NOAA): https://ipccreport.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/noaa.png?w=604 Note that the difference between the “warmest” and “coolest” year is a mere 0.09 degrees C. That’s less than the uncertainty involved in such measurement.

    What the figures really show is that the levelling off of temperatures over the last several years (the so-called “hiatus”) is continuing. This was confirmed last week by the respected science journal “Nature”**, which considers the hiatus to be the biggest current problem in climate science. It quoted Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist at – wait for it – the NOAA. He said this: “A few years ago you saw the hiatus, but it could be dismissed because it was well within the noise. Now it’s something to explain.”

    ** http://www.nature.com/news/climate-change-the-case-of-the-missing-heat-1.14525

  • stasn

    Thats weather in Australia you cant count it.

  • Jorn Winkler

    Why do we have so much warming, the answer is quite simple, in IPCC 2007 it was stated that sea ice would be gone by 2100, where the fact is now 2016..!

    What most are failing to recognize is that there under that ice are 1740 billion tons of Methane or 200 times our combined Co2 emissions over 200 years.. there Sub Sea Methane Gas Volcanoes have now been activated thousands of them http://www.itm.su.se/page.php?… If just 1% of this Methane is released its like our combined Co2 emission over 200 years ” Game Over “… go towww.lasthours.org

  • GeraldWilhite

    Remember. The world was still in a long term 10,000 year warming trend during the Little Ice Age, which lasted from 1350 to 1850.