Japan Meteorological Agency: 2009 Tied With 2002, 2003, and 2006 For Third Warmest Year Since Instrumental Records Began
A preliminary analysis of worldwide surface temperatures from January to November conducted by the Japan Meteorological Agency shows that the average land and sea surface temperatures for 2009 have been +0.31 ºC above normal, based on the 1971-2000 average, and that 2009 will be tied with 2002, 2003, and 2006 as the third highest record since 1891. Annual global average surface temperatures have been rising at the rate of around +0.68 ºC per century.
In general, land surface temperatures rose everywhere except parts of North America and central Siberia. The Japan Meteorological Agency ranks 1998 as the hottest year on record, just 0.05 ºC hotter than 2005, the second hottest year. All of the ten hottest years on record have been within the past thirteen years.