2008: the Coldest Year or the Warmest Year?
Reports today suggest that 2008 could be the tenth coldest year since 1997, but still the warmest year in the last 150 years. Information out of Oslo suggest that this is the 10th warmest since records began in 1850.
"This year is about 10th," he told Reuters in a telephone interview. "La Nina in the Pacific lasted longer than we envisaged."
Jones's unit is one of the main sources of global climate data for the United Nations.
The warmest year on record was 1998, followed by 2005 and 2003, with other years this century closely bunched. Tenth place would make 2008 the least warm since 1999.
Data from Reuters says that this year will be the coolest since 1997, but still the 10th warmest since 1850.
The global mean temperature for 2008 was 14.3 degrees Celsius (57.7 degrees Fahrenheit), climate scientists at the UK's Met Office Hadley Center and Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, who compiled data for the WMO, said.