Global Temperature and Precipitation Highlights:
Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through October are the fifth warmest on record, at 1.01 degrees F above the long-term average.
NOAA scientists project 2009 will be one of the 10 warmest years of the global surface temperature record, and likely finish as the fourth, fifth or sixth warmest year on record.
The 2000 Ė 2009 decade will be the warmest on record, with its average global surface temperature about 0.96 degree F above the 20th century average. This will easily surpass the 1990s value of 0.65 degree F.
Ocean surface temperatures (through October) were the sixth warmest on record, at 0.85 degree F above the 20th century average.
Land surface temperatures through October were the fifth warmest on record, at 1.44 degree F above the 20th century average.
Arctic sea ice extent reached its third smallest annual minimum on record behind 2007 and 2008. The past five years have produced the lowest sea ice extents on record.