WMO reports to Copenhagen 2000-09 is warmest decade on record

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

Geneva, Switzerland – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a preliminary report on Tuesday stating that the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest on record. In addition, the organization stated that 2009 will most likely finish in the top ten warmest years in the history of the 160 year record. The WMO has reported its findings to the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

Although North America has seen lower temperatures in 2009, according to report, “large parts of southern Asia and central Africa are likely to have the warmest year on record.”

In 2009, most of the rest of the world experienced higher than average temperatures except North America which had cooler temperatures than its average. In fact, October was the third coldest October on record for the United States, with average temperatures 2.2º C below normal (4.0º F). However, July’s temperatures in Western Canada and Alaska were some of the warmest on record. Read More