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2007 Warmest Year Ever

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Last Edited: January 15, 2008, 6:51 pm

2007 was another sizzling year for the planet — the warmest year ever recorded for the Earth's land areas, federal scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center reported Tuesday, with an average temperature about 1.84 degrees above the long-term average. Global weather records began in 1880.

For the entire Earth's surface, including the oceans, scientists report that the global temperature was the 5th-warmest on record.

"2007 was very warm in large parts of Asia and the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, including the Arctic," says climatologist Jay Lawrimore of the NCDC. The unusual Arctic warmth led to the lowest amount of sea ice ever recorded.

Highlights of 2007 included an intense heat wave that engulfed western and central Russia in May, the climate center reports. For the first time in 128 years, Moscow experienced sustained May temperatures of 86 degrees or higher. A scorching heat wave in southeastern Europe in June and July prompted record levels of electricity demand and more than 130 wildfires.

In the USA, an August heat wave set more than 2,000 new daily high temperature records. Eight states experienced their warmest August on record. Overall, 2007 was the 10th-warmest year in the USA since records began in 1895, with an annual average temperature of 54.2 degrees, the climate center reported last week.

Lawrimore says that seven of the Earth's eight warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, and 10 of the warmest years have occurred since 1997. The global average surface temperature has risen more than 1 degree since the start of the 20th century.

Most scientists say the release of man-made greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is to blame for the warming trend. "There's no denying that climate change is occurring, and warmer winters and warmer years are more common for that reason," Lawrimore said last year.

The only land area to see cooler-than-average conditions in 2007 waswestern and southern South America, says Lawrimore. Ocean temperatures around the world were the ninth-warmest on record, primarily due to the cooling influence of the La Nina climate pattern.

Last week, NASA scientists announced that 2007 was the Earth's second-warmest on record. NASA researchers analyze global temperature data differently than does NOAA, which accounts for the different ranking.

 

 

EARTH'S TOP 10 WARMEST YEARS

1-  2005
2 - 1998
3 - 2002
4-  2003
5 - 2007
6 - 2006
7 - 2004
8 - 2001
9 - 1997
10-1999

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Comments

1.
Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 7:02 pm
Funny, I just heard a few days ago that the earth is actually getting cooler. In just the past couple of months, record breaking chills have been recorded, in the north.

Warming? Where?

Besides this whole argument over the warming, Even if the warming earth supporters were to be right, it wouldn't be because of Jets, and S.U.Vs.

As a reminder....deep core samples of ice thousands of years old showed higher Carbon Dioxide levels than even today's. Go figure !
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 15, 2008, 7:11 pm
source was USA today.your right pac some say its getting cooler.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - January 15, 2008, 7:15 pm
Since 1980. What about the other 4.5 billion years?
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 7:20 pm
I like the way you think Jarasan...lol

Mike...It could be getting warmer...who knows? You're right too. Bringing these points out is a good thing to knowledgeably debate over. I love a healthy debate. I think we should start one...lol
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - January 15, 2008, 8:34 pm
Oops, don't tell Al Gore about this, he may have to give back his prize...!
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 8:36 pm
What was the statue made of...Clay?
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 8:37 pm
So many billions of years....So little time !
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 15, 2008, 10:12 pm
lol
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 10:31 pm
LOL...Just like Carl sagan said...Billions And Billions...
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 10:34 pm
Stop Global Warming...Turn your heaters off.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 15, 2008, 10:35 pm
Is it hot in here, or is it Global warming?
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 16, 2008, 12:18 am
Just because we are experiencing some cool weather does not mean the Earth isn't getting hotter. Whether or not we are the major cause of this, I can't say. However, let's say you have a disease. You might get fevers once in a while and then your temperature is normal. A month later you might get pneumonia, but it then clears up and you feel fine for a few months. Then you get headaches, stomach aches and eventually your fever rises and you die. Why? Because every time you felt a little better people said "you don't look sick to me!"
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 16, 2008, 1:43 am
i just watched ice age.an animated cartoon movie enjoyable for the whole family.
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 16, 2008, 1:45 am
i'd hate to be one of those people who obsess over turning the air conditioner on because they are afraid they might be contributing to global warming.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 16, 2008, 2:11 am
Agree! Mike, most of the energy consumed is by industry. I mean, we have water restrictions because of the terrible drought. But drive by a golf course some day and see the sprinklers going. If I don't run the air conditioning, it isn't because I'm afraid of global warming, it's because I'm trying to keep my electric bill down! However, whenever I'm uncomfortable I use it. Just move down here and walk into a grocery store or a mall. They are so cold you need to put on a sweater. It's ridiculous! Then we are asked to turn up the thermostats. CA is talking about state controlled thermostats. That's scary and the beginning of fascism. Let's keep the government out of our bedrooms. Still, no matter what I think, it's so obvious that our world is in trouble. I always dreamed about going to Madagascar and now 90% of the forest has been cut down. Same with so many places. We need to protect our wetlands and our ecosystem. We need to stop litter and recycle before there's no place to dump our trash. I don't think that the working person needs to spend a lot of money on fancy light bulbs (I get 4 for $1 at the Dollar Tree)   I have 2 lights burning now, 40 watts each. Big deal.   However, if the government wants to give me some new flourescent bulbs for $1, I'll use them! We do take some things for granted - paper is one. Lately, all the new products on TV are disposable. Swiffer dusting wipe, Clorox sanitizing wipes, Olay facial cloths, cloths to remove this or that. What ever happened to a wash cloth? A rag? Individual bottles of water are also a waste of plastic (and money.)   Okay. I'll stop.   :-)
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 16, 2008, 2:31 am
just thinking about whats in store is scary.things that we once we were so care free about and never gave a second thought about are now things that people think twice about before doing.who would've dreamed of state controlled thermostats or not being about use a sprinkler.the world my kids inhabit will be nothing like the one we all gew up in where you really didn't worry about minuate little things that people do now.think about the year 2025.something tells me there won't be anything futuristic or exciting about that year.we won't be riding flying saucers or beaming anybody up or walking on the moon,probably not.what will be happening in 2025 will be severe shortages of food,major floods,terroristic attacks,major outbreak of resistant diseases,shortages of oil and not a lot of good.by the time i'm retirement age the social security i paid for all my life won't even be there.
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spy153Comment by spy153 - January 16, 2008, 8:16 am
"Most scientists say the release of man-made greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is to blame for the warming trend. "There's no denying that climate change is occurring, and warmer winters and warmer years are more common for that reason," Lawrimore said last year."   

This is one reason I failed that global warming test of Todd's. (what? Last week? When was it?) Anyway, I believed it to be due to the greenhouse gases. The options didn't allow for that answer. I may not know much about how things like that work, but that new "green bag" sold on tv which helps slow down the green gases on food that we store looks to be a great place to start for a possible defense against such a future as you mentioned lottomike. I wish I knew who to tell that to, so they would look into it. Or if they would even be willing to give it a look. It's the technology of the bag we need to focus on.

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spy153Comment by spy153 - January 16, 2008, 8:35 am
Of course, I'm freezing right now.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 16, 2008, 10:38 am
We've had many ice ages, and there were no jets, and cars back then. This planet has gone through many ups and downs without the help from mankind. Natural cycles on earth and behaviors of the sun reflect (no pun intended) how the weather changes, not exhaust emissions, or cow emissions.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 16, 2008, 12:32 pm
Pac, that doesn't mean we shouldn't be responsible. Yes, I totally agree that the Earth will change no matter what we do. It's just changing a lot faster. I doubt if Global Warming will effect us or the next several generations. But what the people who believe it is a threat are saying is that we have a responsibility to the future of our planet. I guess it's like so many other things in life. I know people who don't care about what legacy they have and just live each day as if they're the only people on the planet. Anyway, I'm not 100% convinced that this isn't a gross exaggeration. I think our planet is in peril because of over-development, world hunger, war, and plain old apathy. Mother Earth will be here for a long time after we're all gone.

Mike, sorry you think your future looks so dim. I'm a lot older and I wonder everyday if I should work for 10 more years or just figure soc sec won't be there anyway and find a village in South America to spend my Golden Years. (I would still need money however!)   Be a beacon of light for your children and just do the best you can. They can grow up learning how to care without listening to all the gloom & doom. I think we really need to get back to nature a little anyway.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 16, 2008, 4:42 pm
Justx, the doom and gloomers get funding every year for this garbage science. Not only that, but I watched a 4 hour amatuer documentary, which I posted here for everyone to watch, but I guess not too many people can afford to take out 4 hours of their time to watch. That's fine, but until people see this brilliant explanation and slide show of the past doom and gloom people who had personal agendas, people will never fully understand the whole story.

As I was watching this, I was amazed of the vast knowledge this guy had, and how he backed up every single one of them as he went on with the presentation. He systematically shows how it's all lies that started decades ago. Not only with earth warming but many other doomsday falacies that eventually fizzled out.

I'm not saying this movie is the end all, but you can make a much better and intelligent decision when you have all the facts, not just buzz words.

As far as man contributing, well I'm sure we are but in a very small way. Not enough to change something that takes a very very long time to change.

Just remember, there are millions of people...adults who believe the universe is only about 10,000 years old or less. People need to educate themselves before making such bold claims. This one and many other subjects.

No need to worry about our children's children's future. At this pace, WW III will take care of that. Something has to give. People around the world have just gone totally nuts. This country is slowly becoming a fascist country and other people around the world are sick and tired of the condition of the human race.

People don't believe me, but if the govt. is allowed to control the temperature in your house, think what else they're capable of doing. People won't see it coming until it's too late.

You and others want to change the world for the better by doing something about a bogus problem like global warming. Go ahead, if you think you can change the world, you'll first have to convince all those shareholders of oil , and tell them to stop making money from it. Tell them to stop living extravagant lives so we can save the planet. Lets tear down all those oil drills and refineries, making green cars instead. and in the process, auto makers going down the tubes...Yeah right...go ahead and try it...lol Let's stop the billion dollar pharmecuetical industry and the ones who profit, and live with a more holistic method for treatment. and so on and on...It'll never happen. Too much money involved.

In other words, as long as there is greed and humans, greed will out do any ration ryhme or reason, because those in power will make damn sure their upscale livelihoods are not infringed upon. And some of that greed also stems from folks out there who get money every year to study cow farts and their affect on the ozone layer, and a whole host of other nonsense.

Once the earth shakes it's shoulders off from people, like a person who has dandruff, she will spin around for another 5 billion years.

Good Luck!
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jarasanComment by jarasan - January 16, 2008, 6:11 pm
Chicken little make me crazy! I worry about running into a quantum sized blackhole and not being able to deal with coming out the other side as anti-matter more than I worry about global warming.
I worry more that if I don't play my numbas they will drop and then I will wish that I had fallen into that little black hole. More cowbell, definitely, spinning wheels got to go round.

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