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2010 Was the Hottest, Wettest Year on Record


[Insert joke here.] No, but seriously. 2010 ties with 2005 as “the hottest year in the historical record,” while also taking home the glory of being the wettest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual teleconference. How can it be both hot and wet? It might be that warm air can hold more water, or it might be something else, say the scientists, but either way, temperature and precipitation were above average. Also, this is definitely a “trend”: It’s the “34th consecutive year with temperatures above the 20th century average.” [via NPR]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2011

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