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NOAA: 2010 is warmest year on record

The first eight months of 2010 tied the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record worldwide. Meanwhile, the June-August summer was the second warmest on record globally after 1998, and last month was the third warmest August on record.

Separately, last month's global average land surface temperature was the second-warmest on record for August, while the global ocean surface temperature tied with 1997 as the sixth warmest for August.

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