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NOAA: Earth was 4th-warmest on record in 2013

1:03 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) - The Earth tied with 2003 as the 4th-warmest year on record in 2013, scientists from NOAA announced Tuesday.

The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.12 degrees above the 20th-century average and marks the 37th consecutive year (since 1976) that the annual temperature was above the long-term average.

All of the top 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.

Global temperature records go back to 1880.

This was the warmest year on record without the warming influence of an El Nino climate pattern, reports meteorologist Eric Holthaus of the online news publication Quartz.

NASA, using different methods of analyzing the data than NOAA, reported Tuesday that 2013 was tied as 7th-warmest year on record.

The worst global weather disaster in 2013 was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 5,700 people as it lashed the Philippines in November.

USA TODAY

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