Despite the recent freezing winter weather, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. The temperature of the earth was over one degrees higher than the 20th-century average the same as it was in 2005. It was the 34th consecutive year of above average temperatures. The last year that the temperature was BELOW average was 35 years ago, in 1976. Nine of the Earth's 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, and all 12 of the warmest years have occurred since 1997.
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