It's remarkable how quickly we are amassing record temperatures. I wonder why nature is in such a haste to raise temps, or is it plausible that the enormous amount of human activity is actually having an effect on the environment? Nahh, I'm a denier, so I don't believe in commonsense, let alone science I wonder if the 2010s will break the record of the 2000s, the warmest decade on record (NASA GISS: Research News: 2009: Second Warmest Year on Record; End of Warmest Decade). Hot Summer of 2011 Rewrites Record Books | Climate Central The summer of 2011 has rewritten the record books. Using our record temperature tracker (see below), which draws on the National Climatic Data Center's database, we found that June, July, and August saw more warm temperature records tied or broken than any other summer in the past decade: more than 26,500 record warm temperatures were set across the nation. By comparison, fewer than 3,500 record low temperatures were set â€” the fewest of any summer in the past decade. These records are daily records â€” that is, each dayâ€™s high and low temperature is compared to the high and lows for that day of the year in the weather stationâ€™s history. In addition to the daily records, numerous monthly records were set. In Texas, for example, this summer will go down in history as the warmest summer on record. A map showing all of the warm and cold temperature records set during June, July, and August across the US. Not only that, but NOAA announced today that Texas had the warmest summer for any state in the US going back to when instrument records began in 1895. Oklahoma came in second, with both states beating records set during the infamous "Dust Bowl" era in the 1930s. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2011-01-12-2010-warmest-year-climate-change_N.htm Last year (2010) tied with 2005 as the world's warmest on record, according to data released Wednesday by the National Climatic Data Center. Records began in 1880. It was also the wettest year on record globally as measured by average precipitation, according to the center. Heavy rain in Asia due to the monsoon (which led to disastrous floods in Pakistan) and tropical storms in Central America contributed to the extreme precipitation amounts. The Earth's average temperature in 2010, as in 2005, was 58.12 degrees, which is 1.12 degrees above the 20th-century average of 57 degrees.