NASA Graphic Depicts Significant Spike in Temperatures in 2011

A new NASA graphic shows that temperatures in several global regions were appreciably higher in 2011 than at mid-century, with large swaths of Siberia and

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NASA Global Temperature Anomalies 2011

Global temperature anomalies, 2011
the Arctic experiencing temperatures as much as 4 degrees C (7 degrees F) above the 1950 to 1981 average. The planet’s average temperature in 2011 was nearly 1 degree F warmer than the mid-20th century baseline, according to the annual global analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Nine of the top 10 warmest years on record — including last year — have occurred since 2000. Much of Europe, North America, and Central Africa were up to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) warmer in 2011 than during the 1950-1981 base period. One area that experienced lower temperatures in 2011 was the Pacific Ocean, which was under the influence of a La Niña cycle.